The international community has been called upon to pressurize President Muhammadu Buhari to keep to his promise made to British Prime Minister in 2018 to conduct free and fair elections, as well as ensure liberty of his opponents.
President of Concerned Nigerian Patriots For A Sustainable Future (CNPFSF), Mr Adebola Eze Sakir, made the call on Sunday in a statement made available to Blueprint in Kaduna, while reacting to alleged plans by the Federal Government to arrest PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar over his alleged involvement in the collapse of Bank PHB to the tune of N156 million.
Adebola said, “we call on the international community to apply all possible pressure on President Buhari to keep his promise to the British Prime Minister in August 2018 and the Nigerian people to hold “free and fair elections” which includes the liberty of his opponents to stand freely and without any form of pretences or artificial hindrances.”
The group expressed fears that President Buhari was bent on introducing the tragic years of his military regime, by arresting political opponents.
“Instead we have received top information by the Buhari regime to reenact the tragic years of his miltitary tyranny of 1983-1985 by arresting and incarcerating his perceived enemies to include leaders of the opposition, traditional rulers, members of the organized labour, journalists, social media interactors and Nigerian judges,” it added.
Adebola explained in the statement that, “the signs are crystal. A few days ago, Lai Mohammed, Information Minister, boasted that the former vice president and the main opposition candidate in the upcoming elections, Mr Atiku Abubakar will be arrested on charges bothering on alleged N156 million fraud perpetrated in the erstwhile Bank PHB in 2009. The bank has since metamorphosed into Keystone Bank.”
The group noted that recently, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar called on the Federal Government to investigate the buy-over of the Keystone Bank, it therefore condemned the planned arrest of Atiku or any senior member of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).