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Lawmakers get in citizens’ black book as Borno residents attack Senate over Ndume’s suspension


– Borno residents have lashed out at the leadership of Nigerian Senate over suspension of senator Ali Ndume

– They noted that Ndume was suspended for saying the truth

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– They also maintained that the suspension was undemocratic

Some residents of Borno on Thursday March 30 expressed shock over the six months suspension slammed on former Senate Leader, Alhaji Muhammad Ndume, by the leadership of the Senate.

Punch reports that the residents described the action was unfortunate.

We gathered that Malam Musa Walama, an Iron- Bender, said that the suspension was undemocratic.

“I was saddened by the news of Ndume’s suspension from the Senate, I kept thinking about the issue throughout yesterday.

“It is really a sad development that the Senate has decided to suspend him for standing by the truth,” Walama said.

He said that the action had portrayed the leadership of the Senate negatively.

He said: “What kind of message are the senators trying to pass to the world?

“Are they saying that anybody standing by the truth will not survive.”

Malam Muhammad Asheikh, a security guard, also condemned the suspension, saying that Ndume was punished because of his openness on national issues.

He said: “They said that he was suspended for telling lies against the Senate President and Senator Dino Melaye but the truth is that the senators are not comfortable with his open fight against corruption and corrupt practice.”

Mrs Grace Musa, a bean cake seller, expressed optimism that Ndume will triumph against the Senate Leadership in court.

“We learnt that he is heading to the court to challenge the suspension.

“We will pray for him to succeed by God grace,” Musa said.

Other residents described the development as worrisome and an indication that the country’s democracy still had a long way to go.

Ndume, Senator representing Borno South District, was suspended for allegedly raising false alarm pertaining a report carried by the media on Sen. Dino Melaye and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Recall that the Senate on Wednesday March 29 suspended former majority leader Ali Ndume for six months for bringing unproven allegations against his colleagues Senator Dino Melaye and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

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