Certain incidents happen in Nigeria that aggressively remind Nigerians of the astounding level of ineptness that has crippled the country’s development over the last couple of decades. So when intruders came into the “hallowed chambers” of the National Assembly’s upper house and made away with its symbol of authority, the Mace, amid confused faces, Nigerians were largely, mostly entertained by the farce of it all.
The men had walked into the chamber with the suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, who later denied any involvement in the stealing of the Mace. Let’s say we believe him, there are still more questions from the fallout of this disgraceful act which need answering urgently.
First, are there not protocols or requirements before individuals are authorised anywhere near the NASS? Or how could men who came with a suspended Senator be allowed into the NASS’s upper chambers by the building’s security personnel?
Second, why was a senator serving a (90-day) suspension which was handed to him a week ago even allowed into the chambers? If there was a message he needed to pass to the house, was there no other channel he could do so through?
Third, why did the Senate feel they could continue their plenary session with a spare Mace until such a time when the stolen Mace is recovered? Do they think this is a joke?
Fourth, is the Senate even allowed to suspend a senator?
Politicians really do need to take the polity a lot more seriously, otherwise, such outrageous incidents as this will become more frequent. And this is about 18 years after former Senate President, late Chuba Okadigbo, absconded with the Mace to prevent his impeachment at the time. Okadigbo’s move at the time only stalled his impeachment as it turned out.