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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Buhari in trouble as PDP reports him to Theresa May, Angela Merkel, lists out ‘Buhari’s sins’

Buhari in trouble as PDP reports him to Theresa May, Angela Merkel, lists out ‘Buhari’s sins’

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reported
President Muhammadu Buhari to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May,
and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

The party is accusing Buhari of disrespecting the judiciary.

PDP further told both leaders that Buhari and his APC-led Federal
Government were engaging in what it described as impunity and other
anti-democratic vices.

PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, signed the party’s
petition which was made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

In the petition, the party also accused the Federal Government of
using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to intimidate
the members of the opposition.

The petition partly read, “Sadly, the unfettered freedom and respect
for human dignity entrenched by our party has been eroded in the last
three years of the current administration.

“An important institution like the EFCC, which was established by the
PDP government under President Olusegun Obasanjo and graciously still
supported by international friends of Nigeria, including the taxpayers
of the European Union, to professionally deal with the scourge of
corruption, has now lost its essence and original intentions of the
founders to become the Buhari administration’s tool for persecution of
opposition members and perceived political opponents.

“The EFCC, under this administration, has metamorphosed into a
draconian agency, showing scant regard for the rule of law and respect
for human rights.

“The commission has turned the process of investigation into a media
event to embarrass and tarnish the image of key opposition figures and
sub-national governments of the federation perceived to be averse to the
whims and electoral interest of the ruling party.

“The recent outburst by President Buhari that he will jail more
looters, created national outrage and concern about the role of the
judiciary and respect of our institutions.

“Also, his recent declaration, at an event of the Nigerian Bar
Association, that the rule of law will take second stage on issues
involving alleged threat to national security, raises fresh concern
about this administration’s attitude and respect for constitutional

“These revealing statements from the President provide context for
the treasonable attack, by armed operatives of the secret police, on the
National Assembly, blocking members of the opposition from gaining
access to their offices.

“It also explains the licence behind the continued unlawful detention
of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), a former National Security Adviser,
against multiple court orders mandating his release as well as the
documented cases of human right abuses, including arbitrary and
extrajudicial executions, unlawful arrests and detentions, torture,
impunity, restriction of free speech and press freedom as catalogued in
the reports by the United States Department of States and other
international agencies.

“At this critical moment in Nigeria’s political development we cannot
afford to revert to the impunity of governance that characterised our
military past.

“We, therefore, enjoin you, Madam Prime Minister, to use your immense
clout to impress on President Buhari and his administration to
immediately retreat from the path of authoritarianism and embrace the
ideals associated with a democracy.

“President Buhari’s antecedents and current flirtation with
dictatorship should not be allowed to reverse the gains of liberal
democracy to which the PDP and the UK are committed.

“Your intervention, at this time, will help Nigeria and indeed Africa
to avert a looming crisis that will divide Nigeria along its emerging
fault lines.”

The PDP also called on May and Merkel not to allow Buhari derail Nigeria’s democracy with his actions and utterances.
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