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Danger looms – As politicians and their agents mess up the polity. * Nigerians call for caution, prayers

Religious leaders and other Nigerians have called for caution, following the siege on the nation’s National Assembly (NASS) by the security operatives from the Department of State Services (DSS), which resulted in the sack of the DSS Director-General, Lawal Daura.
A new dimension to the power tussle between the legislature and the executive arm of the government played up Tuesday when masked security men sealed off the National Assembly complex.
It was the morning when principal officers of the Senate and   House of representatives prepared to meet over the budget as it concerns the forthcoming general elections.
The security men prevented people, including lawmakers, journalists and workers in the NASS from entering the complex, fueling fears that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) members had plotted to unseat the senate president, Bukola Saraki.
Commenting on the incident, an Anglican Priest Rev. Canon Echi Nwogu, reminded the administration in power that the international community, including the International Crime Court of Justice (ICCJ) were watching events in Nigeria.
Describing the siege on the Assembly as madness, he added that every madness has its expiry date.
He, however, stated that if it was true that the APC chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, ordered the siege, the action should be seen as treason and usurpation of presidential powers as the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, was acting in the president’s absence.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, condemned the invasion, observing that some “gangsters’ in government have become nuisance and threat to our democracy.
He described the legislature as the fulcrum of democracy and so the act was an assault on the People’s House.
Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki has denied allegations that he colluded with the sacked DSS D-G.
The APC had claimed that he was the one who plotted the controversial blockade of the National Assembly.
“Let us not insult the intelligence of Nigerians”, Saraki said while addressing newsmen, adding that he had been victim of alleged recklessness of security chiefs, including Daura.
The presidency, Wednesday, said that the sacked DSS D-G would remain under house arrest until several investigations on has actions were concluded.
Daura, who was one of the favourite appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari, was accused of carrying out different controversial actions which the government believed were painting it in bad light.
Among such actions were the raids in October on the homes of Supreme Court judges accused of corruption and later found not guilty and the damaging report against the EFCC boss.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have said they would not be intimidated by Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly by the DSS. They said those who sought to attack the National Assembly for selfish reasons have only succeeded in raising their belief in the Nigeria project.
Saraki also said that what was playing out was not the kind of change Nigerians demanded in 2015.
He said that the resistance mounted by Nigerians while the siege lasted has further strengthened his faith in them.
He commended the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, for acting fast to save what would have  caused more problems for Nigeria.
Concerned citizens who spoke to Christian Voice called on the Federal Government to checkmate the rascality of some security agencies before they plunge the country into a dangerous crisis that may be difficult to contain.
The gale of defections in the country, if not properly handled, could ignite a crisis that may rock the country’s boat, they added.

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