Agoro Warns Buhari Against Using Police To Persecute Perceived Political Enemies

...may endanger Nigeria's democracy

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As a result of face-off between Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and some members of National Assembly, the National Chairman of the National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, has on Thursday in Ibadan warned that the use of police against perceived political enemies might spell doom for Nigeria’s democracy. 

 

Speaking with newsmen at his Apata, Ibadan residence, the NAC’s National Chairman said President Muhammodu Buhari must be warned of the implications of using the Nigerian Police against perceived political opponents.

 

Agoro specifically maintained that the alarm raised by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that IGP Ibrahim Idris, is plotting to implicate him in a murder case, should not be ignored by well meaning Nigerians.

 

He maintained further that what is happening in Nigeria today is reminiscent of what happed between 1979 and 1983 when the then President Shehu Shagari led National Party of Nigeria (NPN) used the police against political enemies.

 

According to him,  “It must be noted that the Nigerian Police is a federal institution empowered by the constitution, primarily to ensure the security of every Nigerian. It will therefore, be unlawful, illegal and unreasonable for the police to be used against perceived political enemies.

 

“With way things are going on in the country now, with the Nigerian Police being used chasing political opponents, in particular the Senate President, democracy in the country may soon be jeopardized.

 

“The situation is becoming worrisome. If President Buhari failed to check this ugly situation, the country may soon be thrown into unnecessary political crises. Democracy in the country may soon be thrown away.

 

“If care is not taken and the situation gets out of hand, the country’s democracy may be endangered. Therefore, we should all come together to rescue our democracy.

 

“If I become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by 2019, one of my cardinal policies will be to reduce the powers of the Nigerian Police by allowing for the establishment of state police in the spirit of true federalism”.

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Raji Adebayo, Ibadan

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