Says Right Of Citizens Must Be Respected
Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State, has advised Nigerians to reject, what he referred to as “prison-yard democracy”, which he stated is as a result of ignoble rascality and high-handedness of some security agencies who are simply against the democratic institutions in Nigeria.
The statement was released by Tambuwal in Abuja, on Tuesday, and the authenticity was confirmed by the Governor’s media aide, Abubakar Shekara.
The statement quoted the former Speaker of the House of Representatives as saying, “Nigerians must, in strong terms, say no to prison-yard democracy, where the rights of the citizenry are shackled to the caprices of a few as if we now run a nation of helpless inmates.
“If the people of Nigeria are so unfortunate to endure the growing nightmare occasioned by deprivation of most things that a democracy should ordinarily provide; if they are now accustomed to the pangs of hunger, unemployment, shabby infrastructure, poor healthcare and general hopelessness, they should, in the interest of democracy and the youth, stand against anything that has the potential of robbing them of their inalienable rights to live and make choices as free citizens.”
He condemned the political disorderlines in Benue State as well as the activities of the police in the barricade at the residence of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, in an attempt to prevent them from presiding over plenary.
Tambuwal said, “These are unfortunate incidents, an aberration, a reprehensible attack on the fundamental human rights and privileges of fellow Nigerians and a direct attack on our fledgling democracy.”