The Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in African Initiative has condemned the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari over the invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The group stated the political class has shown that it has not learnt anything in the development of democracy in the last two decades of civil administration.
ADAPHAI in a statement through its National Coordinator, Sulaimon Suberu, stated that President Buhari and APC by their body languages see nothing wrong with the democratic infraction.
The group stated that the invasion of the court by operatives of the Department of State Service could cause chaos within the court premises.
It noted that the action has shown the level of incivility that has affected the country’s security structure.
ADAPHAI stated that DSS lacks the decency and professional standard, pointing to the statement attributed to the counsel of Sowore, Femi Falana, SAN, and the statement released by the spokesperson of DSS, Peter Ifunnaya, on what happened in the court on Thursday.
“While DSS has not come out to refute Falana’s claim on how the presiding judge summoned the head of the team that invaded the open court, in which the fellow was said to have apologised, the subsequent narrative of the agency, which was signed by its spokesperson utterly confused every discerning Nigerian, and portray the secret agency in a very bad light.”
“We are indeed taken aback by the desperate efforts to rationalize and justify the unfortunate incident of Friday by the presidency and of course DSS, despite the video that has gone viral globally and with attendant bashing and odium it continued to elicit.”
“Also, the reaction of the United States Department of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, warning the Nigerian government on Omoyele Sowore and against any move that could undermine democracy is instructive as it is pathetic.”
“As an organisation with the mandate to propagate peace and non-violent culture in Africa, we are worried by the spate of this democratic infraction and flagrant disrespect to rule of law by APC-led government and it’s agencies, which regrettably threatens National peace and cohesion.”
“This turn of events, obviously becoming disheartening and disappointing, considering the image this present government created for itself at the inception of this dispensation”.
The group called on international and regional organisations of democratic inclinations to caution President Buhari on the abuse of human right and the threat to the rule of law.