Full Video: What Saraki said during World Press Conference on DSS National Assembly siege
ASenate President Bukola Saraki is currently addressing a World Press Conference. Saraki had led Principal Officers of the National Assembly to the conference. He condemned the siege laid by the security operatives of the Department of State Services on the National Assembly on Wednesday, saying it's "an assault on democracy." He said, "It is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS). All entries to the Complex were blocked." "The National Assembly, the seat of democracy in Nigeria, was under lockdown. Senators and Members of the House of Representatives were prevented from gaining access." "The ensuing standoff was a show of shame that played itself out over several hours in full view of the country. "In no circumstances should this have happened. And we as a nation reaped the bitter fruits instantaneously, as evident in media images relayed around the world, images that shame us as a democratic nation. "The siege was also an act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard of the law." He commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for rising up to the occasion. Continuing, Saraki said, "People who seek control at all costs, by whatever means, never minding the injury to democratic norms. I have to say that this is not about me – Abubakar Bukola Saraki — as an individual. It is not about Ike Ekweremadu, nor is it about Yakubu Dogara.