APC Chieftain Begs British Prime Minister To Save Nigeria From Political Darkness

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By AUSTIN OWOICHO,  Abuja

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has urged the Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May, and her country to prevail on Nigeria’s government over alleged human right abuses and persecution of some  perceived opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Frank, while describing the situation of things in Nigeria, said “As things stand, nobody knows who will be the next victim of government’s anti-democratic and inhuman activities.”

In an open letter sent to the PM through the British Ambassador to Nigeria on Wednesday, he said: “democracy in Nigeria is being driven to a precarious state as a result of a new regime of persecution, intimidation, repression and suppression being meted out against perceived political opponents in the country.”

According to Frank, who is also the  Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling APC, “The frame-up and trial of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and a vast number of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, by the agents of the presidency is a sure sign that unless the leaders of the free world come to the aid of the country, conditions will deteriorate irretrievably.

“Nigerians are alarmed at the dehumanizing campaign being waged by its own government against free citizens through incessant arrests, detention and trial of the innocent in the name of anti-corruption war, which has been generally acknowledged to be highly selective, going by the manner it is being conducted.

“It has come to our knowledge that the executive and its henchmen have concluded plans to force the impeachment of Saraki and Dogara as President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

“Already, the government is about to drag Dogara and some of his colleagues to court over allegations of budget padding earlier raised by a suspended lawmaker.

Recently, a court purportedly directed the Federal Government to prosecute all the accused persons fingered in the budget padding scandal of which Dogara is number one. Even though  Saraki has been on trial over alleged false asset declaration since 2015, new attempts are being made to link him with criminal elements as a way to gag him and his teaming supporters ahead of the up coming general elections.

“Already the government has commenced phased withdrawal of security personnel attached to Saraki and Dogara, in a bid to expose them to danger and personal harm, ahead of the plot to forcefully remove them as presiding officers of the National Assembly. However, be it known to you and the U.K. Parliament that any attempt to compel the impeachment of the two presiding officers of the 8th National Assembly will be resisted by Nigerians just like the attempt to link Saraki with the Offa bank robbery suspects has been vehemently rejected across the country. This is one of the reasons the nPDP bloc of the APC is threatening to pull out of the alliance having realized that its members are being deliberately targeted for persecution.

“Let it be known that the entire National Assembly is is on trial under the present administration. The trial of Saraki, spurious allegations against the Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, the invasion of the Senate by sponsored thugs, the arrest and detention of senators Dino Melaye, Peter Uwaoboshi, Bassey Albert Akpan, Stella Oduah, the ongoing trial of Senator Isa Misau by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice over his differences with the Inspector General of Police and the attack on Senator Matthew Urhoghide at the Benin Airport for daring to speak up against constitutional breaches by the present administration goes to show that the National Assembly has come under executive siege and may collapse unless something is done urgently to reverse the trend of attacks against the lawmakers. However, democracy in Nigeria may cease to exist if the ferocious attacks against the National Assembly is allowed to continue.

“I believe that the ordeal of the President of the Senate under the present administration, characteristically typifies the venomous zeal which has turned the agents of the state into instruments of victimization against its own people. You will agree with me that if the number three citizen of a country can be made to undergo such tremendous vilification, like the case of Saraki who worked assiduously to bring this government to power, then there is no hope for members of the opposition political parties and common citizens. A question the U.K. Government should ask is: How come anybody believed to be opposed to the policies of the present administration will sooner than later be accused of being corrupt and a sponsor of armed robbery and murders?”

The details of the letter below:

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE U.K., H.E. THERESA MAY

H.E. Theresa May

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Thru: The British Ambassador to Nigeria

Abuja – FCT.

Your Excellency,

WHY SARAKI’s PERSECUTION IS DANGEROUS TO NIGERIA’s DEMOCRACY

I write to intimate you that democracy in Nigeria is being driven to a precarious state as a result of a new regime of persecution, intimidation, repression and suppression being meted out against perceived political opponents in the country. My purpose is to seek the urgent intervention of your humble self and the U.K. Parliament in preventing inhuman acts being carried out against innocent Nigerians in order to subjugate and crowd out credible opponents ahead of the 2019 general elections. I wish to inform you that in view of the unbearable events taking place in the country, I have written similar letters of appeal to the President of the United States, Donald Trump and the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, calling for their urgent intervention to safeguard the nation’s democracy.

I believe that you are not oblivious of the current political developments in Nigeria capable of scuttling the nation’s democracy if not checked. This letter is not intended to make you violate the sovereignty of the country, but to appeal to you to use yours good offices to dissuade the present administration and its agents from continuing with their present action of spreading fear in the interest of the nation’s democracy and to guarantee the people’s inalienable rights to free of speech, press, association and freedom from fear, intimidation and harassment.

The frame-up and trial of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and a vast number of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, by the agents of the presidency is a sure sign that unless the leaders of the free world come to the aid of the country, conditions will deteriorate irretrievably.

Nigerians are alarmed at the dehumanizing campaign being waged by its own government against free citizens through incessant arrests, detention and trial of the innocent in the name of anti-corruption war, which has been generally acknowledged to be highly selective, going by the manner it is being conducted.

It has come to our knowledge that the executive and its henchmen have concluded plans to force the impeachment of Saraki and Dogara as President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively. Already, the government is about to drag Dogara and some of his colleagues to court over allegations of budget padding earlier raised by a suspended lawmaker. Recently, a court purportedly directed the Federal Government to prosecute all the accused persons fingered in the budget padding scandal of which Dogara is number one. Even though  Saraki has been on trial over alleged false asset declaration since 2015, new attempts are being made to link him with criminal elements as a way to gag him and his teaming supporters ahead of the up coming general elections.

Already the government has commenced phased withdrawal of security personnel attached to Saraki and Dogara, in a bid to expose them to danger and personal harm, ahead of the plot to forcefully remove them as presiding officers of the National Assembly. However, be it known to you and the U.K. Parliament that any attempt to compel the impeachment of the two presiding officers of the 8th National Assembly will be resisted by Nigerians just like the attempt to link Saraki with the Offa bank robbery suspects has been vehemently rejected across the country. This is one of the reasons the nPDP bloc of the APC is threatening to pull out of the alliance having realized that its members are being deliberately targeted for persecution.

Let it be known that the entire National Assembly is is on trial under the present administration. The trial of Saraki, spurious allegations against the Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, the invasion of the Senate by sponsored thugs, the arrest and detention of senators Dino Melaye, Peter Uwaoboshi, Bassey Albert Akpan, Stella Oduah, the ongoing trial of Senator Isa Misau by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice over his differences with the Inspector General of Police and the attack on Senator Matthew Urhoghide at the Benin Airport for daring to speak up against constitutional breaches by the present administration goes to show that the National Assembly has come under executive siege and may collapse unless something is done urgently to reverse the trend of attacks against the lawmakers. However, democracy in Nigeria may cease to exist if the ferocious attacks against the National Assembly is allowed to continue.

I believe that the ordeal of the President of the Senate under the present administration, characteristically typifies the venomous zeal which has turned the agents of the state into instruments of victimization against its own people. You will agree with me that if the number three citizen of a country can be made to undergo such tremendous vilification, like the case of Saraki who worked assiduously to bring this government to power, then there is no hope for members of the opposition political parties and common citizens. A question the U.K. Government should ask is: How come anybody believed to be opposed to the policies of the present administration will sooner than later be accused of being corrupt and a sponsor of armed robbery and murders?

In view of the incessant attacks against its members and flagrant constitutional breaches by the executive, the National Assembly held a joint executive session Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, where it resolved to invoke its Constitutional powers to safeguard democracy, halt killings in the land and the anti-democratic acts of the executive and its agents. The National Assembly said and I quote: “Finally, the National Assembly will not hesitate to invoke its Constitutional powers if nothing is done to address the above resolutions passed today.”

Permit me to say that Nigeria at this moment is at a cross-road politically and urgently requires the intervention of allies and friendly governments to sustain its hard earned democracy through the restoration of the rule of law, peace, unity and good governance. The world cannot afford to take passing interest in the ongoing political terror eclipsing the country at this time without risking grave humanitarian conditions that may result if law and order is allowed to breakdown completely.

This is why I am calling on you and the U.K. Parliament to prevail on the executive to halt their sinister campaign capable to truncating the nation’s democracy and to halt all manner of human rights abuses in the country. As things stand, nobody knows who will be the next victim of government’s anti-democratic and inhuman activities. It is my hope that you will spare a thought for Nigeria – as a proud member of the Common Wealth – and once again help us to navigate our way out of the present political darkness about to overwhelm the country.

With best regards.

Yours  sincerely,

Comrade Timi  Frank

Deputy National Publicity Secretary

All Progressives Congress

timifrank40@gmail.com

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