– The PDP says President Buhari has failed in a place even late General Sani Abacha triumphed during his Draconian rule
– PDP says DSS raid is a clear confirmation that Nigeria has descended into fascism under the Buhari administration
– The opposition party called for Nigerians to speak out against the unlawful actions of the government in order to protect democracy
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described late head of state General Sani Abacha as a better leader in Nigerian history than President Muhammadu Buhari after the DSS raids on Supreme Court judges.
In a statement released by the opposition party on Sunday, October 9 and made available to NAIJ.com, the PDP accused President Buhari of attacking the judiciary in a manner even late Abacha never tried.
The party accused the president of trampling on the rule of law and destroying the balance in the separation of powers in the political system with interference in the activities of the judiciary and the legislature.
PDP described the present administration’s rule as a ‘slide into fascism’ which
The statement read in part: “This slide into fascism has included a sustained attack on the leadership of the National Assembly as President Buhari has sought to break its independence and make it a rubber stamp to suit his will.
“It is worthy to note that NEVER in the history of our Country has any President attacked the Judiciary in such a manner. Even the late dictator – General Sani Abacha, whose regime is remembered by many as the second worst regime in Nigerian history, did not carry out such Gestapo style attacks on the members of the Judiciary.
“By bringing this attack to the Judiciary, President Buhari has shown that he has no desire to respect the pillars of our democracy. He has shown his desire to kill off our democracy and convert it to an autocracy without checks and balances.”
The destruction caused by the DSS in the home of one of the judges overnight
PDP said the Buhari administration has no respect of the laws of Nigeria and has shown this through constant flouting of court orders.
The party said: “This invasion is the latest in a series of actions taken by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration which reveal its disregard for the rule of law and its abject disdain for the Principle of Separation of Powers.
“This inexorable slide into fascism began with the invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House by the self same DSS, the continued detention of several people despite Courts ordering their release, the invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and detention of Hon. Akanni Afolabi and the invasion of the Zamfara State House of Assembly.
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“The government has no regard for the rule of law. They do not care about Court Orders. This Government has disregarded the Orders of the ECOWAS Court and every other Courts in the land and continue to detain Dasuki illegally. They continue to detain hundreds of Nigerians without bringing them to trial and against valid Court Orders.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Constitution in Section 153(1)(i) and Part 1 of the Third Schedule thereto establishes the National Judicial Council (NJC) and empowers same to regulate and discipline judges across the Country. The proper path to follow to discipline erring judges will be to forward a petition containing any wrong doing to the NJC along with any evidence in support thereof.
“The path not to follow is this Gestapo style invasion in the middle of the night that involves the use of sledgehammers to breakdown gates and front doors for DSS to gain access to the homes.”
The party concluded the statement by charging Nigerians to speak against the unlawful actions of the government.
“Nigerians can no longer afford to stand aside and watch the Buhari Administration destroy the foundations of our democracy that we have built for several years. Nigerians have a duty to speak out against this sort of tyranny.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians have expressed great concern over the state of the rule of law under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari after the raid of homes of Supreme Court judges by officials of the Department of Secret Service (DSS) in the early hours of Saturday, October 8.
Leading this vast number of worried Nigerians who expressed their concern on social media is former education minister and founder of Transparency International Oby Ezekwesili, who noted that there was nothing wrong with arresting corrupt people even if they were judges.