By Ezeocha Nzeh
Ahead of today’s democracy day celebration, a United State of America (USA) based organisation, Democratic Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora (DVND) has cautioned the Nigerian government to guide against any action that could lead to humanitarian crisis
In a statement signed by the President of DVND, Timothy A. Sule, and released to newsmen in Abuja to commemorate the June 12 as a democracy day, the group decried what it called “precarious political situation in Nigeria, especially the fears of imminent collapse of democracy in our great country of Nigeria.
“As a country of over 200 million people, any humanitarian situation will not only spill over to other countries in the African sub-region but also bear pressure on the outside world. We, the members of Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora (USA) calls for sincere prayers for our great country Nigeria.
The group noted that events of the 2019 general election, particularly the Presidential election, with the use of the military and other apparatus of force, by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to suppress free ballot, unleash violence on voters and coerce the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to alter results already delivered at the polling units, portend the termination of our constitutional democratic order unless efforts are concerted to stem the tide.
“The Presidential and governorship elections were characterized by hounding, killing, wanton arrests, abductions and illegal detention of opposition figures, threats of violence against members of the international global democratic institutions working for peaceful and transparent polls, allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and brazen attempt to foist an illegitimate ruler ship on our nation.
“The report of international bodies, including the United States Department of States 2017 Country Report on Human Rights detailed human rights abuse in Nigeria to include extrajudicial and arbitrary killings; disappearances and arbitrary detentions; torture, particularly in detention facilities, including sexual exploitation and abuse; looting, and destruction of property; civilian detentions in military facilities, often based on flimsy evidence; denial of fair public trial; executive influence on the judiciary; infringement on citizen’s privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and movement among others.” The group noted