The former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar on Thursday, reacted to the grounding of the All Progressive Congress (APC), governors planes from taking off from their various federal government owned state airports.
The former vice president, who made this known in a statement issued in Abuja from his media office said, the decision was part of measures to stop the APC governors from attending the campaign rally for their Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi.
The Turaki Adamawa, who warned the federal government against impunity stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP led administration under President Goodluck Jonathan is turning the country into a police state following the restrictions placed on the way of the governors and party members.
Atiku pointed out that the action of the PDP-led federal government in stopping the governors of Kano, Rivers and Edo from attending the APC governorship campaign rally in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, was in a Gestapo-like manner which is capable of turning Nigeria into a Banana Republic where fundamental rights of citizens are trampled upon with impunity.
He said it was very surprising to see the way the federal government has been dragging the military and police into politics.
“The government must stop instigating state security agents paid from tax payers money against helpless, and law abiding Nigerians” Atiku said. “Our gallant military men should remain focused on securing and protecting the territorial integrity of our great nation, especially in this time of terror attacks and insurgency across the country.”
Atiku, who made a promise at the party’s national convention that he would lead the movement to oust the present administration which he described as inept and incompetent.
The former vice president further asserted that the present administration has failed Nigerians, and reminded the populace that “a government that deprives its citizens from access to jobs and education as manifested by the on-going closure of some tertiary institutions, such as polytechnics, to be shut for nearly a year, has alienated itself from the masses and will definitely suffer the repercussion at the polls, use of force or not.”
Atiku also reiterated that the APC remains the only viable alternative to the PDP-led government, saying: “is a prescription for socio-political peace, progress, equity, security, unity and national development.”
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