The Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm over the harassment of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Friday shortly after he was prevented from gaining entrance into Dasuki’s Asokoro home, warned against political persecution and victimisation of those who served under the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said he had to hurriedly cut short his trip after reading about what he described as unlawful restriction of the rights of movement of the former NSA.
He said: “I came into Abuja today because I read the situation about the invasion of the house of the former NSA and his detention and house arrest. So, I drove to his house as a personal friend to see him and to find out what was happening. Then about seven or eight security operatives came out and said I cannot see him because the house is under security watch. And I asked them, ‘security watch in terms of treason or terrorism?’ And they said they are not in a position to say.
” The fact is that we deserve basic freedom, liberty and movements associated with democracy”.
According to the PDP Spokesman, Nigerians are getting scared of what he alleged is constant violation of the rule of law, human rights and military style of leadership.
He urged Buhari to begin to see himself as “the father of the nation and everyone, not serving any other interest”.
Metuh alleged that there were certain individuals especially Buhari’s aides who have hijacked power to harass and intimidate perceived enemies of the President.
He warned that if the persecution and unlawful arrest of members of the opposition PDP or individuals who served under President Goodluck Jonathan was unchecked, Nigeria could be heading towards military dictatorship or democratic anarchy similar to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.
“There are certain activities by some of his aides and people around him; it’s like they are taking us back to the military era where we came from. There has never been any situation where people will be held against their will. It is completely against his fundamental human rights. And we should be careful here because this was how it started in Zimbabwe and other countries. Before you know it we have a dictatorship. You cannot scare us”, he said.
Speaking further, Metuh reminded Buhari that PDP members and others who served under Jonathan “are not guilty because we served under a former President.”
He continued: “We are not guilty because we lost an election. We are not losers in a war. We lost an election, not a war. We are not prisoners of war and we should not be treated like prisoners of war.
What we demand is that we deserve respect; there is Rule of Law. We will not condone corrupt activities or any other unlawful or illegal act. If anybody has committed anything against the laws of Nigeria, let him be invited, let there be investigation.
“If there is a warrant of arrest or a judge can rule that he should be detained but the fact that you shroud things in mystery and you invade someone’s house, occupy his house and detain him against his will. It’s an anathema in democracy.
“Let our inalienable rights be observed and respected in a democracy. Freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What is happening here now is totally against the tenets of democracy.”