Disregard to rule of law, selective persecution, albatross to APC —Frank
The outgoing Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the act of disobeying rule of law and selective persecution against the perceived enemies of the government form part of challenges confronting the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He, however, urged the president to address what he described as infighting within the National Assembly and the clamp down on opposition voices.
Frank, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, titled “June 12 and the burden of good governance” released on Sunday, said the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections will be a litmus test for all Nigerians to attest, if indeed, what is to come in 2019 will be anything to go by.
“The flagrant disregard for the Rule of Law, Disobeying of Court Orders, Acute Nepotism, Selective Persecution, and Lack of Transparency are some of the ills very prevalent in the nation today.
“The various reports from Amnesty International and the U.S. Department of State have gravely indicted this administration.
“It is in this vein, Mr. President, that I urge you to give regard to the Rule of Law as the continuous incarceration of perceived enemies, without obedience to court orders, has become an enormous albatross confronting your government.
“Many a people believe that the duo of Sheikh EL Zak Zaky and the erstwhile NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtf), are some of the personal witch-hunt of your administration.
“Therefore having preached peace and reconciliation during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Nigerians would be interested to see if they will be set free, to at least allow for the Rule of Law take its course.
“The infighting within the National Assembly and the clamp down on opposition voices is clearly in sharp contrast to the democracy that was envisaged and clamoured for by Nigerians before your inception.
“As we draw near to another election year, it will be beneficial to your administration that these concerns are vigorously addressed, so as to usher in a ray of hope for a better Nigeria as envisioned by MKO Abiola himself.
“Having recognised the need and finally put to rest this dark episode in our country’s history, I humbly urge you to take the subsequent step in declaring Chief Abiola as President (Posthumously) and further recognising all the key players who played different roles in the actualization of democracy during those trying times, and of course, those who also paid the ultimate price for freedom with their sacred lives.
“It is no gainsaying to say the least that Nigerians will forever remain grateful to you for standing up and putting to rest the June 12 imbroglio, irrespective of dissenting opinions.
“It will be wise to conclude, therefore sir, that this great feat will usher in a new Nigeria where all the main ingredients to sustaining and entrenching democracy will become the norm in our daily lives, spearheaded by those in power at all times.
“The lessons of June 12 and what it meant to Nigerians should be the bedrock of our democracy, as anything short of this will rubbish the very intention for which the honours were conceived ab initio.”
By Bode Olagoke