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Dogara condemns assassination of Hon Sugar

by / Saturday, 09 March 2019 / Published in Blog, Latest posts

Dogara condemns assassination of Hon Sugar

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has described as distressing and sad, the murder of a serving member of the House of Representatives, Hon Olatoye Temitope Sugar, in Ibadan today.

The speaker said it is condemnable that after 20 years of Nigeria’s return to democracy, election is still seen as a do-or-die affair where primitive, wicked, inhumane, barbaric acts are used to suppress the will of the people.

Furthermore, he decided the involvement of security agencies in the intimidation of voters, while raising alarm of the danger electoral malpractice portend to the nation’s democracy.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a commission that will probe killings caused by electoral violence with the aim of bringing perpetrators to book and bringing justice to the families of the deceased.

The speaker said in a statement on his slain colleague, “I received with shock, the sad and distressing news of the assassination of my brother and colleague, Hon Olatoye Temitope Sugar, in Oyo State today.

The murder of Hon Sugar in election violence today is primitive, wicked, inhumane, barbaric and highly condemnable.

He was a fine gentleman, committed patriot, dedicated, hardworking lawmaker and worthy representative of his people.

We mourn him and all those whose lives were cut short by forces of evil and soulless men.

Our heartfelt condolences to their families. We pray for speedy recovery for all those injured.

Elections are not war and should never be, they are and should be for service to God and country and not conquest with the barrel of the gun.

The rate of killings, thuggery, ballot snatching, voter suppression and other forms of electoral malpractices – some aided and abetted by security agencies- in these elections portend great danger to our democracy and the survival of the Nigerian nation, since the will of the people as expressed in the ballot does not always count.
It is unbelievable that 20 years after return to civilian rule, Nigeria is still stuck in the dark, primitive and uncivilised age where elections are seen as war and a do-or-die affair.

The killers of Hon Sugar and all those who lost their lives in these elections violence must be brought to book.

We call on the President and Commander-in-Chief to set up a commission to investigate these killings and bring the perpetrators to book.”

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