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Buhari still has character of 1984 dictator – NADECO chieftain, Opadokun


Chief Ayo Opadokun, the General Secretary of frontline pro-democracy group, National Democratic Coalition, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has failed to transform from a military dictator to a democrat.

Opadokun, who was among those who were detained for his activism during the struggle for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 mandate, said it was unfortunate that those who played no role in the restoration of democracy are now destroying what Nigeria fought hard to achieve.

The NADECO chieftain said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday.

Opadokun, who was among those that supported Buhari as a ‘reformed democrat’ during the build-up to the 2015 elections, said Buhari ought to have removed the toga of a despot even as he said that the President’s war against corruption remains commendable.

“We cannot be part of any group that will bring down Buhari government but it is his inability to remove his toga of military dictatorship… It was during his time that he manufactured Decree 4 where truth became a mortal offence. Nduka Irabor and Thompson were jailed for speaking the truth about emissaries who were going to be ambassadors.”

The activist lambasted the Department of State Services for the manner with which it re-arrested Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, last Friday despite Sowore meeting his bail conditions.

Opadokun said the fact that Sowore contested an election and lost to Buhari did not mean he had no right to speak against the government.

He noted that the re-arrest of Sowore in court in Gestapo manner was reminiscent of the regime of the maximum ruler, General Sani Abacha.

Opadokun stated, “We have human rights abuses in very embarrassing dimensions. What one never expected to be happening today is happening. Having laid down our lives, lost blood, liberty and even helped restore democracy in Nigeria; we thought these things would never happen again in Nigeria particularly this one of Sowore.

“It is a great embarrassment. It makes one look so unfortunate. Having wasted his time, wasted his life opportunity to serve the Nigerian people. Yet, those who captured power and were never part of the struggle, who never knew where the shoe pinched, are messing up the entire system. It is unfortunate.”

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