Buhari must not allow IGP to ridicule nation’s democracy – ADC warns

June 7th, 2018

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

The African Democratic Congress (ADC), has warned of a looming danger to the integrity of Nigeria’d democracy if President Muhammadu Buhari does not wade into the war of attrition between some arms of the security agencies and the National Assembly.

The party regretted that the President has turned into a spectators as the IGP has continued to ridicule not only the nation’s National Assembly, but it’s hard earned democracy, warning that the war of attrition between the Nigerian legislature and the Inspector General of Police is taking a more dangerous dimension.

ADC in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Anayo Arinze, said that President Buhari’s refusal to intervene urgently poses danger for Nigeria’s democratic experiment.

According to the statement: “Currently, the integrity of Nigeria’s President of the Senate and the entire National Assembly, is being reduced to rubbles on trumped up, unsubstantiated allegation of aiding or sponsoring robbers in his state.

“It is only in Nigeria that security operatives can frame up highly placed public servants, using criminals, just to get at them for expressing their views on national issues, and nothing happens.

“Except the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) wants to truncate Nigeria’s democracy, President Buhari, must wade into the Senate verses IGP brouhaha which constitutes a major threat to democracy.

ADC condemned what it called frame up of allegations to silence opposition voices.

“Up till now, Senator Dino Melaye has not recovered from the injury he sustained when the police swooped on him and lifted him to Lokoja to answer criminal charges, for alleged gun running with common criminals.

“The other time, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State was prevented from visiting his State and meeting with his constituents.

“In Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai pulled down the building housing the factional APC office led by Senator Hunkuyi. In the same Kaduna state, Senator Shehu Sani is being harassed or hunted for raising up his voice against the Governor and the President that were produced by his party, APC.

“Today it is the turn of the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki. He is being accused of sponsoring armed robbers despite the fact that he is the head of the legislature and the third highest ranking political office holder; a two-term Governor of his state; So, how much will he make from aiding armed robbers that he has not seen in life? Again, we wonder how the Police and other security agencies would want the international Community to view Nigerian leaders.

“We, in the African Democratic Congress (ADC), believe that this latest approach by the security operatives portends danger to the nation and it is an ill-wind that blows Nigeria no good. Again, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency; wade into this crisis that has the potency to destroy democratic fabrics of this nation.”

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