The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has described the crisis which broke out in Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday as unparliamentary and an embarrassment to Nigeria.
The union asked the police to be neutral in the crisis. The congress stated this in a statement signed by Bobboi Kaigama and Musa Lawal, its President and General Secretary respectively, on Thursday in Lagos.
It said that while Nigerians were yet to recover from the shock occasioned by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), another crisis has come from the Rivers lawmakers.
The congress said it was sad that the world watched agape as two factions in the assembly openly engaged in fisticuffs, and used dangerous weapons.
“The spectacle of honourable legislators turned pugilists can best be described as very dishonourable and a show of shame.
“They are proving that politics in Nigeria is seen more as a most lucrative business than a call to service,” the union said.
TUC said that the reasons for the crisis were not far from interests and aspirations in the 2015 elections. It observed that the action of the lawmakers showed there was deep corruption in the nation’s political sector.
“The conclusion of any onlooker will be that the lawmakers have compromised with some form of political inducement or the promise thereof from either of the political gladiators.
“Little wonder that the honourable members cannot manage themselves properly and proved that are very dishonourable.
“TUC says ‘NO’ to any continuance of this show of shame, and insist that respective misguided yes-men in the River State House of Assembly cease forthwith from embarrassing Nigeria with their ill-advised power-play”.
It, however, commended the House of Representatives for passing a resolution that would enable it take over the functions of the assembly until peace returns.
The congress called on the Inspector General of Police and the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, to maintain total impartiality and the highest level of professional conduct in the matter.
It also said that officers who overshot the limits of their lawful authority in the crisis should be disciplined to serve as deterrent to others.