Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the return to power of President Muhammadu Buhari as a misadventure for Nigerians, calling on the international community, especially the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), to focus their attention on human rights abuses and contempt for the rule of law in Nigeria in 2016.
Governor Fayose, who said he was not disappointed by the president’s response to a question on the refusal to obey court orders by the Department of State Security (DSS) during his media chat on Wednesday, recalled that he had said it several times that once a dictator, will always be a dictator and that those on whose back he rode to power, will end up being his victims.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka on Thursday, the governor said he was aware of plots to muzzle him and others considered as non-conformists because of their opinion and critical stance of the president and his government, adding that; “such plot will definitely be counterproductive”.
He described the way and manner the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) was being treated by the federal government as the hallmark of a dictator.
“I said it earlier that Buhari is a dictator and I warned several times that those that were promoting this lion will end up in its belly.
“Having heard from the President himself declaring Col Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu guilty even before trial, Nigerians should be prepared for a return of the 1984 experience in which Buhari’s Military tribunal sentenced people to jail terms ranging from 21 to 300 years, such that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had to boycott the tribunal. Even when former Ondo state Governor, late Chief Michael Ajasin was twice cleared of any wrongdoing by Buhari’s military tribunals; he was made to remain in prison.
“Those who witnesses Buhari’s regime in 1984-1985 will still remember how the National Security Organisation (NSO) – now DSS broke up a press conference of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU); detaining four of its officers, banned the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and other associations and arrested their leaders. Even those who were not arrested were watched and warned by the NSO.
“As it was in 1984 when an accused was presumed as guilty and must have to prove his innocence, Nigerians are now being told by Buhari, a democratically elected President that those he accused of corruption are already guilty and they do not have rights to enjoy bail granted them by the courts even after meeting all the bail conditions.
“That is enough a signal on what is to come in 2016 and the international community and lovers of democracy in Nigeria must be watchful of the level of human rights abuses that will be perpetrated by President Buhari.
“However, I want to assure Buhari that democratic time will surely catch up with him because no dictator has ever succeeded in muzzling the rule of law, which is the basic ingredient of democracy”, the governor said.
While reiterating his call on Nigerians to brace up for more hardships to be occasioned by the federal government’s strange economic policies, Governor Fayose said; “With the President referring to Deutschmark and French Franc as still being in use in Germany and France, it is obvious that 1984 economic solutions will still be applied to Nigeria’s economic problems in 2016”.