OccupyNASS Issues Ultimatum to Lawmakers

Yinka Salaam, Abuja

The organisers of a social movement, OccupyNASS to Reclaim Nigeria have given Nigerian legislators two months to meet its demands of shunning impunity or be faced with mass recall from their various constituencies across the country.

The Convener, Dr Bunmi Awoyemi gave this ultimatum at a press conference held after a  three-Day sit-in on Thursday evening at the main gate of the National Assembly.

He said the organisation shall not hesitate to embark on a nationwide campaign to recall any law maker deemed to be supporting anti-people policies or working against the interest of the electorates.

Dr Awoyemi who stressed that the OccupyNASS protest was not about the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s resignation, said the purpose of OccupyNASS agitation was to seek an end to the impunity of the National Assembly.

He said the organisation demands that the National Assembly be part of Change revolution and subject itself to TSA, saying that is why the lawmakers have the effrontery to tell Nigerians that the cars were bought from 2015 budget.

“We must stop the waste and profligacy and force them to do what they are really elected to do by using the Stop-Start Strategy. Meaning:- Stop what they are doing and Start doing what they should be doing.

“The budget must be passed unpadded and returned as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari. They must hands off the constituency projects, since the responsibilities of executing the budget lies with the Executive arm. So, let the National Assembly members focus on their primary duties of making laws,” he said

He asked the Senate to return the inflated cars and embrace made in Nigeria concept by buying Innoson or Peugeot cars.

Dr Awoyemi said the legislators must open their budget to public scrutiny and pass forthwith, the Anti-corruption and other progressive Bills, which include Anti-Money Laundering Bill that have been abandoned for five months  rather than focusing on the Anti-social media and amendment of CCB/CCT Act among others.

Speaking on behalf of a collaborative organisation, Citizens United for Peace and Stability, CUPS) Jibrila Madu Gadzama threatened the legislators with recall.

“Unless the right thing is done to the insensitivity of the lawmakers, CUPS will soon collaborate with OccupyNASS and other progressive forces to embark on Massive National Recall of legislators identified as anti-people,” he stressed.

In the same vein, one of the facilitators, Retson Tedheke said while the maiden edition of OccupyNASS was sponsored by participants they shall not hesitate to curry the sponsorship of progressive politicians and lock down the nation’s capital, should the legislators force them to organise another.

“We are interested in leading a future NASS Occupation to be driven by the  hash tag- #ScrapeSenate if our demands are not met promptly,” he said.

Responding to why the body refused to submit its protest letter to the Sergeant at Arm sent by the National Assembly, the Convener of the popular Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG)  Hajiyah Aisha Yesufu said the National Assembly must stop taking Nigeria for granted.

“Enough is Enough, we elected them, they are our representatives, they are our servants, we are their masters.  If three Senators, Ben Bruce, Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani could attend to Pro-Saraki protesters why would they send a civil servant to us. I urge all partners in the OccupyNASS movement not to be deterred. For no people can be defeated if they are united, except they accept defeat,” she stressed.

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