Free all political prisoners, resign and adopt a new constitution – African Action Congress tells Buhari
The African Action Congress, AAC, has called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and #EndSARS protesters who still languish unfairly in detention centers across the country.
The political party on Monday described the current state of the nation as one of disarray, confusion, cannibalism and “first-rate incompetence and backwardness.”
The party in a statement by National Publicity Secretary Femi Adeyeye said that despite 22 years of uninterrupted civilian rule, the average Nigerian could not boast of any dividend from much-vaunted democracy.
The party called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step down and allow the creation of a new constitution for the country.
The statement reads: “There are no sweeter words to describe the state of the nation except disarray, confusion, cannibalism, incompetence of the highest level and of backwardness.
“Since the flag’s independence in 1960, everyday Nigerians whose interests and aspirations we defend at the African Action Congress have been excluded from governance. Despite 22 years of uninterrupted civilian rule, the average Nigerian cannot boast of any dividend from the much vaunted democracy.
“He has been left to fend for himself in all forms of human survival. The most recent of all the darts thrown at him is the sermon that he should find a way to defend himself against violent attacks from different types of terrorists. .
“To mark the Buhari regime on its failure to keep one of its promises to the mass of our people would be a waste of productive time. We will need another measurement scale for this. In 2015 and again in 2019, the APC campaigned on three pillars: security, anti-corruption and the economy; Buhari’s regime has failed miserably on all three. “
The party stressed that the Buhari regime is a god with feet of clay who is unable to protect itself and its officials from the insecurity it has caused in the nation.
“Insecurity has ‘democratized’ and has become so pervasive that there is no greater testimony to large-scale insecurity in the country than the theft of the president’s chief of staff from the compound. presidential election in Aso Villa and the recent invasion, the murder of two officers and the kidnapping of another officer at the country’s premier military training institution, the Nigerian Defense Academy.
“The Buhari regime is a god with feet of clay who is unable to protect himself and his officials from the insecurity it has created on the nation. If he is so incompetent at protecting his top officials, how can he protect ordinary citizens? Can we give what he doesn’t have?
“It is so unfortunate that there has not been a progressive realization of a safe and conducive space for all. On the contrary, Nigeria regressed under the Buhari regime and is now the third most terrorized country in the world.
“By placing Nigerian space on a map today, the Buhari regime cannot boast of 10% where it has full control and can assert its sovereignty. even declare a governor for the people.
The statement explains that the APC membership card is now effectively a “prison release card” for corrupt officials, claiming that those tried for corruption simply enter the party and their sins are forgiven.
“The Buhari regime arrived in 2015 blowing the fight against corruption and uttering slogans such as ‘if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria’. Rather than kill the corruption, he pampered the corrupt. The regime continues to deodorize its officials involved in corruption and abuse of power.
“The APC membership card is now effectively a ‘prison release card’ for corrupt officials. People tried for corruption simply join the party and their sins are forgiven, as its former chairman Adams Oshiomhole has said.
“There is no better example than the current Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, who has seen all his property previously seized by court order, some of which he has filed in an affidavit. not his, was returned to him by the EFCC when he became the arrowhead of the party-rigging machine in Bayelsa State. The regime has messed up all corruption cases and has failed to secure a conviction in the series of corruption trials it instituted when it came to power in 2015. “
The AAC added that “there is no sector where the regime’s abysmal failure and incompetence is more glaring than the economy. To ask the question the current Minister of Public Works put to the other pair of the two left legs that we call the ‘big’ political parties in Nigeria, the PDP in the 2015 elections’ is your life better today hui than it was 5 years ago? The resounding answer is a strong NO.
“The economy in Buhari has been characterized by widespread poverty, rampant inflation and unsustainable debt overhang. In 2020, an additional seven million Nigerians were plunged into what the World Bank described as multidimensional poverty by the Buhari regime, resulting in the number of Nigerians wallowing in multidimensional poverty to 98 million people, or nearly 50% of our total population. The multidimensional poverty index measures not only poverty by income, but also by access to health, education and living conditions such as sanitation, drinking water, electricity and electricity. lodging .
“The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its figures shows that 40% or 83 million Nigerians live in poverty in 2020. Even if we take the NBS figures, the number of Nigerians living in poverty exceeds the populations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius and Eswatini (Swaziland) combined.
“The Buhari regime sang and danced about cash transfers to fight poverty, but what Nigerians need is not to distribute them to party buddies. As the Bible teaches, what we need are fishermen who do not give us fish.
The party added that poverty in the country has been exacerbated by soaring inflation and chronic unemployment.
“It is the position of the African Action Congress that the democratic space over the past 22 years and more particularly under the Buhari regime has suffered major setbacks and the civic platforms that should bring people’s participation to life. to governance continue to shrink.
“To name but a few, there is the deregistration of political parties which, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), have not fulfilled the conditions to remain registered. .
“We maintain that this is contrary to what the likes of the late Gani Fawehinmi fought for, which is the multi-party system. parties and participation in them must be ideologically based and they must not be reduced to “special purpose vehicles” to “win” elections.
“Moreover, as blatant as an albino in the light of day are the abuse of power, the blatant attacks on human rights, namely, the rights to freedom of expression, association, having thoughts, beliefs and conscience, blatant disobedience to court decisions, with irritating impunity.
“The AAC believes that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable and must be negotiated within the framework of the law which guarantees fairness, impartiality and social justice. We are convinced that you are not ordering peace in the air with a declaration in Abuja. Where there is no justice, peace will certainly be lacking.
The party said it was demanding the “immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners – Omoyele Sowore, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho) and all #EndSARS protesters who are still languishing unjustly in detention centers across the country. country.
“We hope the regime will follow the path of civility, reason and logic to free these people before October 20, 2021, which marks the anniversary of the murder of peaceful protesters, now known as the Lekki Massacre. “
“An immediate end to the harassment of leaders against striking doctors; rather, their demands should be met; immediate cessation of borrowing, until a serious and independent audit of previously received loans is carried out.
“That President Muhammadu Buhari must resign with immediate effect because he has shown blatant incompetence and ignorance regarding the management of the affairs of the country; for the creation of an interim national midwifery government a brand new constitution that will inaugurate credible elections.
“In addition, a call for a national conference of Nigerians from all ethnicities, religious and cultural orientations, gender classifications and age differentiation, with a view to establishing a progressive, socially just, economically equitable and environmentally sustainable society , is imminent at this time, and we will continue to participate in these discussions and provide leadership at all times.
“We call on members of the public at home and abroad to join the African Action Congress, the only formidable ideologically clear opposition party in the country,” the party said.