PDP also lambasted the inability of the APC led administration to decisively defend Nigerians from terrorists, saying its action against Sheikh Nuru Khalid signals a dangerous trend of fascism in the country.
In a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, Monday warned the ruling APC not to resort to facism where freedom of expression is being trampled upon,saying it’s capable of triggering widespread backlash from the people.
“This APC’s recourse to an onslaught on the voice of citizens as witnessed in the clampdown on religious leaders, the opposition, the civil society and the media indicates an unacceptable descent to tyranny and imposition of a siege mentality to suppress dissenting voices in the face of APC’s manifesto failure,” it added.
It further stated: It is often said that when propaganda, falsehood and lies have been promoted, elevated and institutionalized by a government (like the APC has done) every truth by the citizens is viewed as a rebellion, which the government feels obliged to crush by all means.
“This is the character of fascism which is gradually and steadily creeping into our country under the APC and now deoxygenating our citizen’s exercise of their freedom of expression as guaranteed under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
“The clampdown on Sheikh Khalid is reminiscent of the days of the obnoxious Military Decree 4 of 1984, under General Muhammadu Buhari, as Head of State, when telling the truth was categorized as a crime. Those days are scaringly creeping back”!
PDP posited that Sheik Nuru in his sermon spoke the minds of million of Nigerians which cut across ethnicity , religion and political affiliations.
It affirms Sheikh Nuru’s position when he said “everything is not working well. People are dying; our roads are not secured. Most of the part of the country is not secured”.., that the APC is more concerned with 2023 elections than the welfare and security of Nigerians?
PDP queries the ruling party APC’s style of governance and urging them to channel its energy towards fixing the country’s numerous problems ranging from terrorism and insecurity.
PDP made it clear to APC that Nigeria is operating a democratic system of government which belongs to all and sundry, saying it should not be handled like a personal property.