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…Laments human rights abuse, disdain to rule of law

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has written an open letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nation, Antonio Guterres, asking the international organization to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from addressing the 73rd general assembly.

Frank attributed his reason to what he called “anti-democratic posture, disdain for the rule of law and very dismal human rights records” under President Buhari.

In an open letter he addressed and sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations through its UN’s Abuja office on Friday, said: “Despite the current democratic dispensation in the country, Buhari has foisted dictatorial and authoritarian rule on the people who looked up to him as a messiah and elected him president to ameliorate their sufferings.”

On the fundamental human rights, Comrade Frank said President Buhari has vehemently refused to release Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and Col. Sambo Dasuki in complete disregard to lawful judicial pronouncements admitting them to bail.

“Another grievous anti-people policy of the Buhari administration was the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and declaring it a terrorist organization while declining to similarly declare the murderous and dangerous Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist organization.”

On what he described as lacked of commitment to democracy, Frank said: “His refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act not only show his lack of commitment to electoral reforms but his phobia for the use of simple technological devices like the Card Reader meant to guarantee the credibility of elections.

“The attempt to stop the use of card readers during the 2019 general elections is a grand plot by Buhari to rig the 2019 general elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Recent elections and bye-elections and the rigging of same in favour of the APC show that Buhari actively encourages vote buying and is prepared to use the same crude, immoral and illegal methods to rig the 2019 general elections in order to secure his re-election and sustain the APC’s hold on power.”

On the fight against corruption, Frank said the President has turned his anti-corruption fight into an instrument of personal vendetta against his political enemies and opposition figures.

“Twice has the agents of state invaded the National Assembly in a bid to forcefully remove the presiding officers of one of the Chambers. His failure to put any culprit to trial over the treasonable breach of the constitution underscores his complicity in the various episodes.

“Permit me to say that the African Union (AU) recently made a blunder by naming Buhari as the AU Anti-Corruption Champion during its 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government Summit, held in Addis Ababa in February.”

OOn the security of lives and property, the former APC Chieftain said: “Insecurity still pervades the land despite humongous security spending high level of propaganda celebrating the “technical” defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists by security forces.

“Despite chest thumping boasts by the Buhari administration to have degraded the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, the region is still in dire security straits while other forms of criminality like armed robbery, kidnapping and killings pervades the land. It is noteworthy to say that Fulani herdsmen have continued to maim and kill Nigerians while laying waste to their sources of livelihood in the North Central, North East and North West States.

“In view of the above facts therefore, tell me what qualifies Buhari to be listed among those to address an assembly of respectable world leaders who will be converging at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly to share success stories in economic rejuvenation and espousing their big and bold ideas for the future?

“Note that this letter is to inform you of the displeasure of Nigerians about this development and that I have commenced mobilization to rally Nigerians in diaspora who will join me at your headquarters to protest against Buhari’s scheduled address at the session.”

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Officers of the Nigerian Police Force have occupied the National Assembly Complex. The operatives, who have shut all entrances to the premises, prevented workers from gaining entry.

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War against terrorism: Buhari warns Amnesty International

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern that consistently damaging report of global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), over Nigeria’s war against terrorism, is dampening the morale of the nation’s military.

A presidency statement issued non Monday’s reaction to the AI’s latest report, stressed that the situation now appears as if Nigeria is also fighting terrorism was against the global organisation.

“While President Muhammadu Buhari cherishes and encourages the noble ideals on which institutions like Amnesty International are founded, the organisation’s operations in Nigeria seem geared towards damaging the morale of the Nigerian military.

“It often appears as if the Nigerian government is fighting two wars on terror: against Boko Haram and against Amnesty International”, said the statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

He declared that the “obvious bias and inaccuracies in Amnesty International’s recent country reports on Nigeria risk Amnesty’s reputation as an impartial international organisation”.

President Buhari therefore appealed to the leadership of Amnesty International to scrutinise its advocacy in Nigeria, especially as it relates to the war against terrorism.

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that there in so single economist in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos during a youth town hall meeting, Atiku in a veiled reference to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said a professor of Law is not an economist, saying the job of the vice president is to manage the economy.

Alleging the present government had failed in the management of the economy, he said: “Our President said the economy has collapsed and he told the governors that it is going to be worse. Is this the kind of government that you want to return to power again?

“Do you know that in this government, there is no single economist? So, they don’t even know how to manage economy and our lives, whether youths, the old or women or men depend on economy. If the economy is good, we will prosper individually and collectively. If the economy is bad, we all perish and they are asking you to return them to power”.

Atiku said a president who could not put together his cabinet in six months cannot empower his deputy to manage the economy.

Atiku said his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, gave him all the opportunities required to perform as vice president and head of the Economic Management Team which, he noted, enable him to introduce a number of reforms in many sectors of the economy which significantly improved the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Atiku also vowed to fulfil his pledge to concede 40 per cent of appointments in his government to youths.

He said he would galvanize the private sector to provide massive jobs for the youth and lower tax rates for private firms to generate jobs.

“I am not here to tackle individuals, but we have a professor of Law. A professor of Law is not a businessman, he is not an economist…and the job of the Vice-President in our own type of government is to help you manage the economy. So you have to take the right type of Vice-President to help you do that.”

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