Protesters on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 stormed the National Assembly urging legislators not to approve the $75 million loan request by the Edo State government.
But a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Oshiomhole on Media, Mr. John Mayaki in a tweet said the protesters are ignoramuses and block-heads who should have been educated by their sponsors, that such protest cannot stop the legally sourced loan meant for the development of the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 written to the National Assembly seeking the approval of a $75 million loan being the second tranch of the $ 225 million World Bank granted the Edo State government under the 2012-2014 external borrowings.
The protesters carried placards at the main entrance of the National Assembly some of which read: “Don’t approve the loan”, ” We don’t want loan” and ” We want action”.
Reports say that the protesters stormed the assembly at about 10.a.m. when Senators were going in for the day’s legislative duties.
According to Mayaki, “the battle for the soul of Edo State has commenced. Saboteurs would go all the length to distract and make sure Governor Adams Oshiomhole does not succeed especially in completing his developmental projects.
“I want to use this medium to put watchers of good governance on alert and to rise up to the challenge when the need arises, especially in Edo state and during the tail end to the tenure of Governor Oshiomhole. The democratic Revolution and good governance that have been unleashed in Edo state by Oshiomhole will complete its full course.
“We must join hands to getting rid of spoilers like the Peoples Democratic Party and their sponsored protesters. No matter what, Edo people will prevail because our need for progress is stronger than the ignorance, the foolishness, and the idiocy of a few selfish persons”.
However, the request for the loan was on Wednesday referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.
The motion for the loan request was moved by the Senate leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, and it was seconded by Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda of the FCT.
In ruling on the motion, the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, granted Ndume’s request and referred it to the committee on debts