… denounces the alleged witch hunt by the authorities
By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
The National Consultative Front, NCFront, has alleged that its leaders were constantly harassed by security agencies.
The group expressed its dismay at the news of another subpoena issued to one of its leaders, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia by a security agency, requesting him to appear before their command in Jos, Plateau state on Monday, September 11, 2020.
“This invitation to Mailafia comes immediately after a similar one for an alleged interrogation, which is currently being challenged in court,” they stated.
Dr. Tanko Yunusa, Head of NCFront, Office of Public Affairs, in a statement, stated that the group “believes in the right of all Nigerians to express themselves freely in civil society, especially in a democracy enshrined in fundamental universal principles. from the human rights.
“But we are surprised to find that Nigeria today is being ruled as a dictatorship by the current administration, which has developed a strong penchant for judging Nigerian citizens, denying them their constitutional rights to freedom of expression and peaceful dissent.”
“We as concerned citizens have reviewed the interviews of Dr. Obadiah, who was claimed to have elicited the curious invitation from law enforcement agencies and we cannot find any serious threat or violation in it that would justify law enforcement harassing him constantly. “.
“We also note that Nigeria is currently plagued by aggravated insecurity that threatens the very existence of the country and we would expect security agencies to be concerned with dealing with such deadly existential threats against the country rather than concentrating all their energies on repressing one citizen. responsible in silence. In a democracy, citizens are protected by law to express themselves freely without any form of intimidation by the government. However, it is increasingly obvious that this government does not appreciate that vital component of democracy judging by the ways it has so far treated Nigerians who disagree with its policies, including journalists. This is not only unacceptable, but absolutely reprehensible. “
“The NCFront hereby calls on the government to refrain from further harassing Dr. Obadiah Mailafia and other Front leaders by calling their security agencies to order. We wish to make it clear that we regard the relentless harassment of our Leaders and Allies, including Dr. Mailafia, by the police and other security agencies, as a serious threat to our constitutional rights and well-being. We demand that nothing adverse happen to any of our leaders and partners to avoid a massive massive action. “
“For the avoidance of doubt, Obadiah Mailafia is a consummate professional who, throughout his life, has worked for the progress and prosperity of Nigeria and has no criminal record anywhere in the world. He has served meritoriously as the lieutenant governor of CBN and has had a credible performance in all the other institutions in which he has served at home and abroad. He does not deserve to be treated as a common criminal as the Nigerian state is currently treating him. Therefore, we unequivocally condemn this mistreatment of a respectable Nigerian like him and we strongly support him in this hour of his tribulations.
“NCF considers Dr. Mailafia’s incessant invitations and hours of punitive questioning to be detrimental to his peace and well-being. You must not be allowed to suffer this kind of torture simply because you gave a harmless interview and we have reason to believe that your life is in grave danger. Painting Dr. Mailafia in a bad light and trying to put a criminal image on him is not only absurd but also sinister. “
NCFront, as the main political alternative to the ruling powers in Nigeria, is determined to ensure the protection of the rights of all Nigerians, including the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful protests against government policies that are contrary to the welfare of citizens. all Nigerians. No Nigerian should feel marginalized or second-class citizen in his country for speaking the truth to power.
“NCFront demands that all acts of witch-hunting by citizens by law enforcement agencies be stopped and that Dr. Obadiah Mailafia must be allowed to enjoy his constitutionally guaranteed freedom by stopping the incessant invitations for questioning, since it is the subject for which he is constantly being invited. The questioning is already before a competent court of law and therefore Nigerian security agencies must uphold the law and respect the rule of law and allow the ongoing judicial process to take priority. From now on, NCFront will hold security agencies especially responsible for their well-being and safety. “