IGP: Nigeria drifting towards totalitarianism

IGP Idris and Senate President Saraki

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned in entirety the repeated snubbing of the Senate by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, who, had for the third time, shunned the Senate invitation over the worsening security situation in our nation.

The PDP in a press statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan notes that "this deliberate assault on our democratic process, willful denigration of the National Assembly and recourse to totalitarianism has not been reprimanded by President Muhammadu Buhari, as the chief security officer of the nation."

The party said never in the nation's democratic history as a people and a nation, has a service chief or an inspector general of police treated the National Assembly with as much dishonor and disdain like the current IGP.

"All over the world, the legislature is a bastion of democracy and our constitution, in recognition of this, provides a special place for our National Assembly, as the representatives of the people, to serve as a 
check on the executive arm," the statement said.

"It further noted, "We therefore condemn this offensive on our democracy by IGP Idris as well as the deliberate insult being heaped on each of our legislators by appointees of President Buhari.

"We invite Nigerians to note that totalitarianism does not begin in a day. It starts from a deliberate disrespect to statutes, laws and institutions that engender democracy and rule of law."

Consequently, the PDP, as a party, urged the President of the Senate and senators to protect the institution of the legislature and our democracy by not limiting their action only to finding Mr. Ibrahim Idris as “unfit” to hold public office.

The party charged the Senate to take the next step within their legislative instrument and powers to restore the respect and dignity which the generality of Nigerians and the 1999 Constitution (as amended) bestow on them.

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