The Forum also faulted the role of the police in the saga and joined the call for the removal of Rivers Police Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu.
The spokesman of the group, Prof Ango Abdullahi, expressed concern over what he described as “the alarming desperation of politicians to manoeuvre themselves in vantage positions for the electoral contests of 2015”, saying it is a major threat to the elections and, ultimately, the democratic process.
“The clumsy and embarrassing conduct and fallout of the election in the Governors’ Forum, the engineered crisis in the ruling party, the role of the spouse of the President in affairs of the state, are signs that Nigeria is descending into anarchy and lawlessness rarely seen in our history.
“The hands of the Presidency are clearly visible in all these events that appear to draw inspiration from the ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan to stay in power in 2015.The most recent developments in Rivers state represent a new low in the shameful conduct of political office holders at the highest levels and they should be condemned by all Nigerians.
“It is a great pity that those who swore to defend our Constitution and to uphold the rule of law are the same people who use violence as a political too, and serially abuse the power entrusted to them. They have abandoned the responsibilities entrusted to them in pursuit of more power and the unending persecution of imaginary enemies. They endanger our democracy and national security. They must be called to question and asked to stop now.”
Abdulahi urged President Jonathan to order call the warring parties in the state to order and stop using the police to settle his political disputes.
The elders added: “the Nigeria police is not a political party and certainly not an arm of the Peoples Democratic Party. The governor and people of Rivers State, as indeed all citizens of Nigeria deserve the full protection of the law and of their rights to live in peace under state guaranteed security.”
On the military offensive against Boko Haram, he said, “We welcome the marked decline in widespread hostilities between the Jamaatu Ahlil Sunnah Liddawati Wal Jihad and security agencies, but we condemn in strongest terms, the targeting of school children by yet-to-be identified murderers in Yobe state.”
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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