Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has said that the Federal Government violated the rights of Islamist sects Boko Haram and Ansaru by the recent proscription order against them, noting that it violates the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, in Ila-Orangun, Osun State, the party noted that the order makes it easy for an increasingly intolerant government to clamp down on the opposition, which it sees more as an irritant.
ACN therefore called on the Federal Government to clarify the knotty and vague areas of the open-ended order, that may end up punishing journalists and infringing on the civil liberties of the citizens more than it will curtail activities of the sects.
“Against the background of insinuations in government circles, let us be clear that we do not condone the activities of these sects that have killed and maimed innocent Nigerians and turned a section of the country into a battle field.
“Terrorism in all its ramifications is condemnable, and no responsible government will allow any group, no matter its name, grievances or ideology, to carry out terrorist acts unchecked.
“But we believe that whatever action government takes— even in an emergency— must pass the constitutional test, especially since the relevant sections of the Constitution have not been suspended.”
It said the offensive section of the order was Section 5 (1), which prescribes a term of imprisonment of not less than 20 years “for any person who knowingly, in any manner, directly or indirectly, solicits or renders support for the commission of an act of terrorism or to a terrorist group.”
ACN said, “support,” as defined by the order, includes “incitement to commit a terrorist act through the Internet, or any electronic means or through the use of printed materials or through the dissemination of terrorist information.
“Is this subsection not in conflict with Chapter II Section 22 of the Nigeria Constitution which says ‘The press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media, shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people?’
“By stifling the press, is the order not abridging a part of the fundamental human rights guaranteed every citizen under Chapter Four of the Nigerian Constitution in Section 39 (1), which states thus: ‘Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference?’”
The party advised the Nigerian government to take a cue from what obtains in other countries, especially in the USA, which are also battling terrorism, adding that the media in those countries have continued to report freely on activities of the global terrorist organisation, Al-Qaeda, despite the horrendous attacks it has carried out in the US and Europe, among others.
Personally, I am getting scared of some comments from Northern scholars. Will it mean that they prefer blood shed and crowd killing of innocent Nigerians? Or that this country be splitted? Or civil war? In any case, I think they should rather than writing to FG, talk with their Sect brothers, to desist from this evil act and practice their believe positively. Whether they believe it or not if this evil continues, one day it will affect them either directly or indirectly. Please, let’s call a spade a spade and turn a new leaf.
PDP Patriotic Movement for a United Nigeria (PPMUN). Ours duties is to re-unite Nigeria, Politically, Culturally, Mentally and Socially. Let them criticize us, criticism are welcome from our antagonist and opposition. ACN CPC are Boko Haram founders and sponsors take it or leave it Gbam!
This ACN are beginning to get on my nerves. The part you quoted states that anybody that helps boko haram in any way will be liable. That does not mean journalist can’t do their work except there are journalists that help BH. I hate when people bring sentiments into simple issues. If you help boko haram, you are equally a terrorist. It is as simple as that.
Boko haram has become an excuse by Government to divert the attention of the poor masses from their injustice, mismanagement, mismaladministration and corruption of the highest level. Subsidy removal is at detriment of the poor, unemployment has became National problem of the young graduat. Let us join hand nd put all neccessary measure to stop Boko haram.
it is now clear where a party that has always been unpopular right from birth belongs, a case of a snake poisoining its own tail by it teeth. ACN will be the last party to ever rule Nigeria even till the end of time. what will Nigerians benefits from a party that openly supports terrorism.shame on u Mr national chairman
the more ACN makes rubbish comments about national issues,they end up making this cancerous PDP more n more popular, yeye ACN a party without direction heading to no where achieving nothing , very unpopular supports impunity, has no national figure as a member,tribalistic, above all faceless.
May God punish all these politicians who are trying to play politics with our lives. May you all not live to see d 2015 you are trying to sacrifice us for…amen
ACN are all bastards, they don’t have anything special to offer Nigerians. All they want is power for their own selfishness. they are all thieves. they are not even smart enough rule this country. they are all lairs. they keep running from one side of the fence to another. i don’t even know who made them opposition party, they are full of shit. lousy idiots, looting Lagos because nobody is questioning them. fuck you all. you are all dick heads, better if you all go back to dirty holes where you came out from. MORONS.
Tell dem to go and register Boko Haram with the Corporate Affairs Commission so that they can have license to operate. Yeye ACN.