On-going plans by the Buhari-led administration to have former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, and Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), undergo secrete trials is only but a ploy to shield Nigerians from the truth.
So says Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State who is also Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’Forum.
“They want Nnamdi Kanu tried secretly. They also want the former Col Dasuki (rtd) tried secretly. What are they afraid of? How is defence counsel going to cross-examine masked witnesses when their real identity cannot be ascertained? Why are the witnesses afraid to testify in an open court if truly they are witnesses of truth?
“Obviously, this is satanic. It is against all democratic norms and Nigerians must rise against it,” the governor said.
Further to the statement credited to him Wednesday, the governor is quoted to have also said, “if you were not afraid to call someone a thief in the market place, you should not be afraid to try such a person in the full glare of the public.
“Since names of the would-be prosecution witnesses have already been made public, what agenda is the federal pursuing by insisting that its witnesses be given protection by the court by not allowing their names and addresses to be made public in the course of the trial.”
The statement was issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka,.
Waxing lyrical, Governor Fayose accused the government of insincerity saying, “You accused someone of corruption in the market place and the person you accused is saying he wants to defend himself in the market place too, but you, the accuser is insisting that the accused must be tried in your bedroom, I think someone is trying to hide something?”
“Nigerians are now at the mercy of judiciary, which is the only institution that can save Nigeria from the full-blown dictatorship that the APC government has become,” he concluded.
President Buhari and the ruling APC had built their campaign promises on a tripod namely the prosecution of an anti-corruption war, rebuilding of the Nigeria economy and employment.
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