The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has petitioned the United Nations (UN) over Federal Government’s alleged human rights abuses, intimidation of the opposition and acts that threaten democracy.
The petition, which was addressed to the Secretary-General of the UN, Mr Antonio Guterres, and dated April 30, was signed by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.
The petition was titled, ‘Threats to democracy, rule of law, basic freedoms and gross human rights violations by the Federal Government.’
“Our nation has become heavily polarised along dangerous fault lines where citizens now live in fear and mutual suspicion; where citizens are slaughtered by the day by marauders; where hunger and strange diseases ravage the people due to the insensitive and incoherent policies of this government.
“I am constrained to bring to the attention of the United Nations what appears to be a predetermined and orchestrated plan by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria, through various agencies, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and other security organisations, to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.
“The President and his administration are too desperate to retain power against the wishes of the Nigerian people who are groaning under the yoke of the misrule of the government in the last three years.
“It is imperative to bring to the attention of the world, the various constitutional violations and the unrelenting persecution, arrest, detention and harried trial of opposition members as well as perceived opponents of government, including innocent business concerns, apparently in pursuit of the grand plot to discredit and stifle the opposition in Nigeria.