The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has alerted the United Nations, (UN), and the International Criminal Court, (ICC), at The Hague, to take judicial
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has alerted the United Nations, (UN), and the International Criminal Court, (ICC), at The Hague, to take judicial notice of an alleged statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari over the violation of human rights during his service in the military.
The opposition party made the call to the international agencies in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The PDP stated that Nigerians were shocked to hear Buhari, while receiving some members of his support organisation, reportedly boasting that “When I was in uniform, younger and rather ruthless, I got from President downward, I locked them up in Kirikiri. I said you’re guilty except you prove yourself innocent”.
According to the opposition party, the purported hate speech by Buhari has “finally confirmed the underlining impetus behind the prevailing executive highhandedness, the trumped-up charges against the opposition, persecution of political opponents, flagrant disobedience to court orders, brazen harassment, arrests, molestation, illegal detention and extra-judicial execution of innocent Nigerians as already catalogued by the PDP and international bodies, including the United States Department of State.”
“These include the horrendous bloodletting and killings in various parts of our country, particularly in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Borno, Zamfara, Yobe, Abia, Anambra, among others.”
“Whereas our constitution and all tenets of democracy and justice across the world, hold all citizens innocent until proven guilty in court of competent jurisdiction, President Buhari promotes the otherwise and feels favourably disposed to acts that suspend our constitution and imposition of military diktat.”
“Furthermore, the world now knows why appointees of President Buhari have continued to hold the institution of democracy, particularly the National Assembly and the courts, in utter disdain, in addition to the continuous harassment of federal legislators and intimidation of judicial officers.”
“Nigeria has not been more divided than it is today under President Buhari and unguarded comments, which have continued to overheat the polity and set citizens against one another.”
The PDP, therefore, urged the world bodies and, “all lovers of democracy as well as all compatriots to join hands in condemning this trend that is now obviously threatening to truncate our hard-earned democracy and erode the freedom our people.”