Paul Osuyi, Asaba
Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi, has said the present situation at the National Assembly does not call for alarm from members of the public, noting that both chambers of the Assembly are capable of resisting the emergence of a dictator in the governance of Nigeria.
Nwaonoshi, who represents Delta North Senatorial District, spoke in Asaba, during a chat with newsmen. He insisted that the face-off between the Executive and the Legislature was one that borders on resistance against dictatorial tendencies of the Executive arm of government.
The first-term senator pointed out that the nation could not so soon relapse into dictatorship again, maintaining that the trial of some senators particularly those opposed to the dictatorial views of the Executive was politically-motivated.
He decried the unfolding drama in which the Senate President is being tainted with allegation that he sponsored armed robbers. For him this is the height of persecution.
“What we are doing in the senate is to resist the emergence of dictatorship in Nigeria. We are rising as the voice of the people to say that our democracy must succeed. The democracy of Nigeria is greater that any individual.
“Saraki is a successful man by all ramifications, as a son of a successful politician, a former governor of two terms. And you now say he is involved in armed robbery. What does that tell a prospective investor, that the number three citizen is an armed robber?
“What is your business with a man who takes a loan to improve his business, and he is repaying the loan?
“What they are telling us is that any dissenting voice should be silenced. And I don’t think Buhari is doing this, it is the people around him who committed in the past and want to remain in government that are orchestrating this by using the name of the president. Buhari has his health h to contend with.
“I don’t owe anybody any apology for agitating for what is right and for good governance for my people, as a member of the opposition.
“My duty as a senator on the platform of the opposition is to criticise the government of the day where necessary, and support any policy that will uplift my people,” Nwaoboshi said.
He said his emergence as the chairman of the standing committee on Niger Delta was a reward for commitment and loyalty to a course which saw the election of Dr. Bukola Saraki as Senate President, adding that his support for the leadership of the Red Chamber has never waned even after the election.
“I became chairman as a reward for loyalty. When they won, all the members of the leadership of the Senate asked me what I wanted for my commitment, loyalty and steadfastness to the struggle. If I had wanted any other thing, they would have given it to me because they saw in me a loyal, committed and a true friend both in the time of enjoyment and in time of struggle,” he stated.
Nwaoboshi also gave insight into the role of former governor of Delta State, James Ibori and incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, in the emergence of Saraki as Senate President.