- Members of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), the group of pro-democracy activists, said the recent raid on southeast is an indication that the military is gradually taking over
- NADECO said the developments is a clear sign that the democracy is once again under threat
- The group, however, said it is time to rise and defend the nation's democracy
Members of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), the group of pro-democracy activists has said that Nigeria is back to dictatorship.
The Guardian reports that Amos Akingba, Chiefs Ayo Opadokun and Ayo Adebanjo, the NADECO chieftains made this known through a statement in Lagos.
NAIJ.com gathered that the group made a damning verdict on the country's democracy with concern that Nigeria is back to dictatorship.
Statement read: ''It is time once again to rise and defend democracy in our dear country. We are very troubled by recent national developments and are forced to issue this warning to all our compatriots that democracy is once again under threat in our nation.
''In Abia state, the soldiers invaded communities, tortured civilian population, over-awed the constitutionally elected governor and civil institutions of the state, and declared the IPOB a terrorist organisation, in defiance of the judgment of the Federal High Court.
''All of these actions are unconstitutional and represent an illegal takeover of the functions of the National Assembly, the Abia state House of Assembly and the legal authorities.
''The Army High Command has announced further that the ‘Operation Python Dance’ will be a regular event and that another similar activity named ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ will be carried out in the south-south and south-west.
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''The actions of the military, we restate, are inconsistent with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and may be the beginning, if not checked, of the unwitting or witting subversion of democracy in Nigeria''.
Moreover, the group also seeks a return to the 1963 constitution which it said described the essence of true federalism with emphasis on the coming together of independent federating units to form a federation.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari finally returned to the country from London where he had travelled to after taking part in the United Nations General Assembly for 2017.
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