Prominent Non-Governmental Organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the arrest and detention of the Deputy Director General (Admin) of Atiku Campaign Organization, Barr Tanimu Turaki ,SAN as ‘arbitrary, and unconstitutional crude display of dictatorial tendencies by the government. ‘
A statement by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko said the arrest was a disincentive for younger persons who are willing to make sacrifices for the betterment and advancement of Nigeria.
The group further called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop the unconstitutional clamp down on political opponents of president Muhammadu Buhari and operate only within the perimeters of the rule of law, due process and obedience to the constitution of Nigeria.
The statement reads, “Tanimu Kabiru Turaki is easily the most detribalized patriotic Nigerian whose mien and demeanor show a remarkable attribute of a gentleman who is at peace with God and humanity. He truly loves constitutional democracy and remains a legal pillar and a distinguished icon of human rights, inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogues.
”He is the precise character and embodiment of goodness that the Federal government ought to tap to enrich ongoing conversations on how to deliver national peace and harmony in an increasingly fractious and fractionalised disunited entity under the current dispensation.”
HURIWA maintained that Turaki may have been detained by EFCC to force PDP from making good its threats to challenge the outcomes of the recent presidential election in the court of law in line with constitutional provisions.
”The anti-graft agency by its persistent persecution of opposition politicians has gradually but graphically portrayed Nigeria as an entity that is politically unstable just as the Rights group describes these tendencies as grave dangers to the survival of constitutional democracy warning that this dictatorship may lead to mass migration out of Nigeria since it would seem that the government t is determined to convert the country to a mafia fiefdom and a jungle unfit for humane co-existence by law-abiding human beings.
“Constitutional democracy operates in total compliance with the due process of the law in such a way that law enforcement institutions are not weakened and converted to private executioners of persons holding executive positions in the federal government of Nigeria. The EFCC must stop the illegal operational mode that sends the wrong signal to the world that Nigeria is under a totalitarian dictatorship.”