Following the blockade of the National Assembly complex by operatives of the Department of State Services on Tuesday, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have postponed the leadership meeting earlier scheduled to hold today.
In a statement jointly signed by the two presiding officers of both Chambers of the National Assembly and shared on the Senate Twitter handle, Saraki and Dogara stated that the happenings at the NASS informed the postponement of “the joint leadership meeting slated for this afternoon till further notice because, under the prevailing circumstances, we cannot guarantee the safety of the 20 members from both chambers expected at the meeting.”
Earlier, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yussuff Lasun, told reporters that with the tense situation at the National Assembly, the meeting was no longer feasible.
“A meeting cannot be held under this kind of atmosphere.”
“It is unfortunate that this is happening; because when the parliament is under siege, democracy is under siege,” Lasun stated.