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Abubakar warns against turning Nigeria into police state

20 June 2014, 08:36

Abuja - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has warned the federal government against turning the country into a police state.

The warning came following the restrictions placed on the way of some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and party members, to attend the final campaign rally for their Ekiti State counterpart on Thursday.

According to a press statement from the media office of the former Vice President,  the action of the PDP-led federal government in stopping the governors of Kano, Rivers and Edo from attending the APC governorship campaign rally in Ado-Ekiti in a "Gestapo-like" manner was capable of turning Nigeria into a "Banana Republic" where fundamental rights of citizens were trampled upon.

The former Vice President particularly miffed at the way the federal government had been dragging the military and police into politics.

“The government must stop instigating state security agents paid from tax payer’s money against helpless, hapless and law abiding Nigerians.  Our gallant military men should remain focused on securing and protecting the territorial integrity of our great nation, especially in this time of terror attacks and insurgency across the country,” he said.

He said a government that deprived its citizens from access to jobs and education as manifested by the on-going closure of some tertiary institutions, such as polytechnics, to be shut for nearly a year, has alienated itself from the masses and will definitely suffer the repercussion at the polls, use of force or not.

He stressed that the only viable alternative to the PDP-led government is the APC.

"It is a prescription for socio-political peace, progress, equity, security, unity and national development."

- CAJ News

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