A National Assembly member, Sen. Philip Gyunka has condemned alleged attack on Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose by policemen deployed to monitor Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Gyunka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that the development was worrisome and that the assault on Fayose showed an indication of lack of respect for democracy.
He said that Nigeria should be careful with its conduct as the giant of Africa, adding that other African countries were looking up to it for guidance.
The lawmaker added that the world was also watching the country in view of its position in the comity of nations.
According to him, Nigeria should not be seen to be carrying out acts it condemns when other African countries are involved.
“The world is seeing what is happening in Ekiti State. Nigerians are also watching.
“For me, the attack is an indication that our democracy is dying. This act is not an encouragement for proponents of democracy but an assassination of democracy.
“The essence of democracy is to allow the people choose whom they wish to lead them,” he said.
Gyunka said that power and life were ephemeral, and that “there is a moral burden for us to do the right thing when we are in the line of duty.
“Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar once lived as powerful people but they died.
“We are talking about Nigerians being allowed to exercise their franchise.
“I urge the Federal Government to investigate the matter and bring culprits to book, to give Nigerians, particularly Ekiti people, the assurance that their rights are protected.
“I see no reason why a sitting governor with immunity should be subjected to such treatment.
“As many as are trying to truncate or reduce democracy to n