- The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urges President Buhari to make democracy work in Nigeria
- CAN also pleads with security agencies in Nigeria not to act in any way that could be injurious to Nigeria's democracy
- CAN emphasises that the difference between democracy and dictatorship is the presence of the National Assembly
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned against any action from Nigeria’s security agencies that could be seen as injurious to the country’s democracy. It spoke in reaction to the siege on the homes of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, the president of the Senate and his deputy, respectively.
CAN said the blocking of the homes of the two top legislators was a siege on the country’s democracy.
In a statement signed by the media assistant to the CAN president, Adebayo Oladeji, the association urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria Police Force not to do anything that could threaten Nigeria’s democracy.
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“We express grave concerns over the poor handling of police’s invitation to the Senate president, Saraki, over the infamous Offa robbery saga that led to the death of no fewer than 30 people. And the alleged plan by the EFCC to arrest Ekweremadu over alleged money laundry.
”The Christian umbrella body condemns in strong terms the way and manner the police were deployed in subjecting the leadership of the National Assembly to needless embarrassment and harassment. The ongoing action of the police is a siege against democracy.
“CAN notes with every sense of responsibility that the only difference between democracy and dictatorship is the presence or absence of the National Assembly.
“As stakeholders in the survival of the Nigerian democracy, we have no choice but to speak out against unfolding political imbroglio that is capable of not portraying in good standing in the comity of nations.
“We caution the Police against being used to threaten democracy. CAN needs to remind the Nigeria Police that once a suspect has been invited to any of its offices, the best international practice is to exercise patience until the invitee fails to honour such an invitation.
“We are shocked, disappointed and alarmed at the aborted moves by the Police to stop both the Senate President and his deputy, from attending Tuesday’s proceedings for whatever reasons,” CAN said as reported by Premium Times.
Urging the police to avoid making itself an instrument of any arm of government since it is constitutionally supposed to be a neutral body, CAN said further: “We urge the presidency to avoid any action that could threaten the democracy of our nation.
“The Nigeria police are supposed to be neutral in order to ensure the survival of democracy. We call on both leadership of the National Assembly and the presidency to stop acting in a manner that constitutes international disgrace and embarrassment.
“It is needless to remind the legislative and executive arms of government to work in synergy for the interest of our nation’s democracy.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his total commitment to the values of democracy, freedom of choice as well as total willingness to work with all members of the National Assembly, irrespective of their political party, for the benefit of the nation.
The president’s statement is in response to the mass defection of some All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, July 24.
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