The opposition governors under the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) yesterday expressed dismay with the Nigeria Police for having the effrontery to barge into a meeting of the G-7 governors which held on Sunday night at the Kano State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The progressive governors were even more disappointed that the invasion of a meeting that had in attendance elected representatives of the Nigerian people such as governors, senators, House of Representatives’ members among others, was led by a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Nnanna Ama of the Asokoro police division.
In a statement by the Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman, the governors described the police action as illegal as it infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the governors to freedom of association.
The governors said: “The police action is not only alarming but also demonstrates clearly that the force, instead of carrying out its constitutional responsibilities of maintaining peace and order in the society has become no more than the armed wing of the ruling PDP.
“Coming barely a week after storming the Adamawa State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja to disrupt a lawful meeting of like-minded individuals, and despite public outcry at the tactics of the police, the Force, in clear violation of all rules of civility still went ahead to disrupt a G-7 caucus meeting at the Kano State Governor’s Lodge on the November 3, 2013, in Asokoro, Abuja.
“If the Nigeria Police Force has not become the armed wing of the PDP, why should the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Asokoro Police Unit, CSP Nnanna Ama, burst into the venue and ordered the meeting stopped, threatening to mobilize troops to abort it if his order was not obeyed?
“For a DPO to have the impudence to force his way into the meeting of perceived opponents of President Goodluck Jonathan to disrupt a meeting of governors and members of the Senate and the House of Representatives that were duly elected by Nigerians, and also threatened them with arrest can only indicate that the orders must have come from the Presidency.”
The PGF said Sunday’s action was an all time low in the history of the Nigerian police and condemned in totality its antics of breaking up peaceful meetings and harassing Nigerians, just as it called for a probe into the PDP – Nigeria Police relations.
“Is the police established and paid to serve all Nigerians or merely to serve the interests of the PDP? If the police have become the armed wing of the PDP, then what differentiates it from the terror tactics of those who seek to violently impose their political beliefs on others?” the PGF asked rhetorically.
While saluting the G-7governors for their resilience, tenacity and patriotic commitment to their democratic ideals, the PGF asked them to continue with the fight to rescue Nigeria from the grip of a tiny clique that had cornered the political space in the country and now regards the rights and commonwealth of Nigerians as disposable in their desperation to continue in office despite growing unrest in the polity occasioned by PDP’s politics of poverty and exclusion.
“We wish to emphatically restate our resolve to join hands and work with our colleagues in G7 and nPDP to ensure that the current regressive trend towards authoritarianism, increasing poverty, unemployment and incompetent leadership is arrested,” they said.
The PGF also used the opportunity to reaffirm its position that another four years of the PDP and the Jonathan administration will spell doom for Nigeria and its over 170 million people, which necessitated their determination to rescue Nigeria and provide security and prosperity for Nigerians.