By Francis Etuko
Abuja (Precise Post) – The National Assembly on Thursday displayed it’s level of intolerance for People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) when a cross section of overzealous policemen and members of the Sergeant at Arm’s prevented a Community of the PLWD from gaining entry into the National Assembly and even tear-gasing them after a rancour ensued at the gate of the National Assembly, and culminated to a free- for-all at the lobby of the National Assembly.
The PLWD Community had visited the national Assembly to see their lawmakers, armed with a list of demands, chief amongst which included, demands to the Federal Government for the payment of two hundred thousand naira upkeep allowance each , (since the government Allegedly pays Boko Haram), and palliatives for the coming Yuletide from their lawmakers.
However, an unconfirmed report has it that the PLWD were in the national assembly to know the extent of a bill canvassing for their well being and see a ranking South South lawmaker in the red chamber.
The physically challenged Nigerians who came in peace met a different atmosphere at the first entrance of the National Assembly gate where a millee had ensued leading to a violent clash with security personnels. The angry PLWD according to reports from eyewitness over powered the security men and matched towards the national Assembly Complex where they met a barricade of stern looking security men who tear-gased them leading to a more rancorous engagement.
The group has however resolved that since their coming to the National Assembly was met with such stiff opposition, the year 2021 will witness a faceoff between them and the National Assembly, as they are not taking Thursdays confrontation lying low.
The angry PLWD vowed to mobilise other of their members across the country when they are coming back next year when the National Assembly resumes plenary.