Posted by Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, New York | 25 September 2019 | 2,364 times
A group known as Alliance of Nigerians in America has tackled those criticising President Muhammadu’s style of governance, declaring he is fully in charge and in control of his administration.
According to Olajide Okuneye, the organiser of the group, which gathered at the Nigerian House to counter-protests by supporters of the detained presidential candidate of the African Action Congres (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, said Nigeria was not isolated from problems happening across the globe, maintaining that the president has shown leadership and capacity to tackle them.
According to Okuneye, Nigeria’s closure of the border with Benin more than 30 days ago, followed by the partial closure of its northern border with Niger had contrary to expectations, yielded positive results.
He added that before now, the effect of the closure of border could have been felt but for Buhari’s policy of operation grow what you eat.
He said: “Buhari knows what he is doing; he is the best man for the job. Nigerians should be more patient because the problems of Nigeria cannot be solved in a twinkle of an eye; we must follow due process in tackling them.
“Before now, we couldn’t boost of feeding ourselves but after the Nigerian borders have been closed for more than a month, we have not heard that the nation has collapsed.
“This is the real operation feed the nation; this is the real man feeding the nation. There are no two ways about it; he is the best thing that has happened to Nigeria.
The supporters of Sowore have described Buhari’s administration as intolerant and incapable of tackling the numerous problems facing the nation.
The group who were joined by Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of the detained presidential candidate of AAC, demanded that he should be set free.
Opeyemi has been speaking out against the continued detention of her husband by the Department of State Services.
The group chanted different slogans which include: Free Sowore now; we are tired of killings; stop the kidnapping; we in America want to go home but no place to call home, we are tired of medical tourism, and freedom of speech is guaranteed under the constitution among others.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has demanded strict compliance and total respect for the rule of law by the Nigeria government with the release of Sowore.
“While we are not unaware of the severe consequences that poor compliance with court ruling have brought to Nigeria’s diplomatic image, we maintain and reiterate our position within the context of constitutional provisions that the sanctity and sanity of the rule of law must be upheld by ensuring prompt release of Sowore, his international passport and other political detainees who have as well secured same court order.
“While we work to promote good governance in Nigeria, we must articulate our concerns that further delay or lack of compliance to the rule of law will do more damage to our image as a nation; that may further thwart our democratic reputation before international community and investors.
“We call on the government to ensure strict compliance with the court order to showcase its readiness to live by democratic value and portray the nation’s image in the right direction,” Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, the Executive Director, CISLAC said in a statement. (The Sun)
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