The African Action Congress, in a release on Monday has asked that the Department of State Services quit the effort to infringe on the citizens’ rights to peaceful protests and all such related gatherings. The party, through its national Publicity Secretary Femi Adeyeye advised that the DSS rather focus on curbing the increasing rate of insecurity caused by bandits, kidnappers and raiding gunmen all over the nation.
This was a response to the warning from the DSS to Nigerian leaders the previous day. The Department stated through its spokesperson, Peter Afunaya that “religious and political leaders against making utterances capable of destabilizing the country under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.” This was after accusing political and religious leaders of making discordant remarks and working with external interest parties to throw the nation into chaos; a conclusion that was deduced from the call by the Spiritual Director of Adoraton Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. EjikeMbaka, advising the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari should he refuse to tender his resignation over rising insecurity in the country.
The AAC said, “It is no news anymore that the polity has been engaged by Nigerians with a lot of agitations for social, political and economic justice. There is no over bloating that these agitations are being orchestrated across the full length and breadth of the country with Nigerians in diaspora not excluded.
“In the acceptance of the aforementioned, the DSS in a press statement has taken its usual uncivilized posture of heating up the polity with threats and subversive statements against the constitutional rights of Nigerians to freely speak, assemble and protest against the unfortunate trend of insecurity, poverty, corruption and total lack of respect for citizenship.
“It is indeed unfortunate that this security outfit that has been grossly incapable of fishing out terrorists, bandits; ‘unknown gunmen’ both on our streets and inside government offices; such gross incompetence, that has turned the country to a hotbed of kidnappings, terrorism and banditry has suddenly found its reed voice and has taken to the market to threaten Nigerians whom in an harmonious manner have passed a vote of no confidence on the tyrannical and anti-people Buhari regime.
“For a country that now ranks 3rd most terrorized nation in the world, it is rather pathetic that instead of addressing this ridiculous ’feat’, the regime concerns itself with a misplaced priority of chasing after protesters and critics while empowering, protecting and defending terrorists.
“It is evident that the DSS needs a course on democratic tenets and principles and how people’s rights to disagree must be respected. The act of drawing a red line to people’s rights must be condemned by all and sundry just as we have always maintained in the African Action Congress (AAC). As a party, we have long come to the conclusion that the Buhari regime is incapable of running a democratic and highly effective government guided by the rule of law.
“It is our position at the African Action Congress that the rights of Nigerians to freely assemble, organize and express themselves without any intimidation must be fully respected. We reiterate for the umpteenth time that patriotism cannot be forced on a people who have been denied social justice.”