Comrade Timi Frank, has called on the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, United Nations, and other members of the international community to call President Muhammadu Buhari to order over “incessant intimidation and harassment” of all opposition figures ahead of 2019 general elections.
Frank also condemned alleged plot by Buhari to arrest the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, over irrelevant charges just because the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Peter Obi, was a former chairman of the bank.
He noted that asides freezing of bank accounts of many opposition figures, any businessman suspected to be supporting the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are also being harassed by government agencies on the orders of the presidency.
Frank, in a statement issued to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, called on international bodies to come to the aid of Nigeria
According to Frank, from all indications the current government is not ready for the general elections in 2019 as evident in its refusal to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill meant to correct past lapses and ensure free, fair, credible and transparent elections.
He added that since INEC lifted embargo on open rally, the APC and its presidential candidate have failed to organize political rallies to sell their programmes, hence their resort to intimidate and frustrate opposition members.
The former APC spokesman, said: “The APC’s government should not be allowed to create another monster. If nothing is done to halt this ongoing harassment, it will get to a state where people will begin to defend themselves and by that time the current Boko Haram insurgency will be child’s play.
“In a democracy, how can a President treat his country men and women as less than human? The APC’s government is using state apparatus like the Police and EFCC to intimidate innocent Nigerians, unlawfully. Nigerians are living in fear. Freedom of Speech has been put on hold under President Buhari’s government. Critics of the administration are increasingly being hurled into jail.
“Despite signing the Peace Accord, we believe that President Buhari will not abide by its tenets based on his antecedents. Unless the friends of Nigeria come to its aid, unless this government is put to check, it is not only the 2019 election that is endangered. The continued existence of the country is also in jeopardy.
“So, I urge the international community and all the lovers of democracy all over the world to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop all forms of intimidation and harassment of Nigerian citizens over spurious allegations,” Frank stated.