Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, in his reaction to the impeachment attempt on his colleague, Governor Samuel Ortom, by 8 All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the Benue State House of Assembly on Monday and the last week barricade of the residences of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, urged Nigerians to reject what he described as “prison-yard democracy”.
“These are unfortunate incidents, an aberration, a reprehensible attack on the fundamental human rights and privileges of fellow Nigerians and a direct attack on our fledgeling democracy,” Tambuwal noted.
He noted that security agencies have exemplified rascality and high-handedness against democratic institutions in Nigeria.
The governor is a member of the ruling APC that is also expected to dump the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Although this was not released as an official statement, his media aide, Abubakar Shekara, reportedly confirmed that he stated this in Abuja on Tuesday.
“Nigerians must, in strong terms, say no to prison-yard democracy, where the rights of the citizenry are shackled to the caprices of a few as if we now run a nation of helpless inmates.
“If the people of Nigeria are so unfortunate to endure the growing nightmare occasioned by deprivation of most things that a democracy should ordinarily provide; if they are now accustomed to the pangs of hunger, unemployment, shabby infrastructure, poor healthcare and general hopelessness, they should, in the interest of democracy and the youth, stand against anything that has the potential of robbing them of their inalienable rights to live and make choices as free citizens.”