Atiku visits Ningi, says NASS shouldn’t be tool in the hands of oppressive Govt

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna
Atiku Abubakar and Abdul Ningi

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has said for the country to move forward, public institutions, especially the National Assembly, should not become a tool “in the hands of oppressive governments.”

Atiku gave the charge during a solidarity visit to the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Abdul Ningi, at his residence.

Ningi was recently suspended by the Senator Godswill Akpabio-led Senate for alleging that the Federal government was operating a budget different from the one approved by the National Assembly.

Speaking at Ningi residence, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election said the interests of Nigerians would be better served and that development would be assured if a premium was placed on strengthening the integrity of government institutions.

Atiku noted that, “the integrity of public institutions, especially such as the National Assembly, is a mirror to how the interests of the masses are preserved and protected in a democracy.”

He said further that the struggle that Senator Ningi finds himself in is a continuation of the long-drawn agitation (which Ningi had been a part of) to make sure that public institutions in Nigeria don’t apply brute force to oppress and compromise the interests of the masses.

“This agitation did not start just recently. It started during the military era, and it is essential that public institutions, especially the National Assembly, do not become tools in the hands of oppressive governments.”

“By our visitation today, we have come to show solidarity with Senator Abdul Ningi and to also pass a message to those who see public office as an instrument to oppress the people, that Senator Ningi is not alone in this struggle.

“In fact, the entire people of Nigeria and friends of Nigeria in the international community are behind our drive to cleanse the country of oppressive nuances of people in positions of authority,” Atiku said.

Responding, Senator Ningi thanked Atiku and his delegation for the visit and for choosing to take a stand on behalf of the masses.

“The struggle that we are in for today is to make sure that whichever political party is in power and whoever is in the position of public office, the interests of the masses must remain sacrosanct and insulated from the whims of any one individual, no matter how highly placed,” he said.

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