The Peoples Democratic Party has called for the immediate and unconditional release of a former aide to the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Salihu Yakasai, from security custody.
The PDP described as unacceptable, the arrest and detention of Salihu, the son of elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, by security operatives over his criticism of the regime of President Buhari as regards insecurity in the country.
The PDP in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Salihu’s ordeal was a sad reminder of the sudden disappearance of another known critic of the Buhari regime, Abubakar Idris, popularly known as Abu Hanifa Dadiyata, since August, 2019.
“The PDP reminds agents of the APC-led administration that Nigeria is a democratic nation and that the rights of citizens, including their freedom of expression, within the ambit of the law, are firmly guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and as such, must be respected. Our party, therefore, rejects the arrest of Salihu Yakasai for joining other patriotic Nigerians in demanding a presidential commitment of a decisive action to rescue the abducted Zamfara schoolgirls as well as to end all acts of terrorism in our country.”
Also, a former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday joined the call for the immediate release of Salihu.
Fayose described Salihu’s sack by Ganduje and his arrest by security agents as “another sad commentary on how low this All Progressives Congress government of President Muhammadu Buhari has gone.”
The former governor, in a tweet, also praised the former aide for his courage to speak truth to power.
He wrote, “That he was arrested like a common criminal by the DSS just because he spoke his mind against a President that is more like the servant of the people, is another sad commentary on how low this APC government of Buhari has gone.
“Nothing can be more honourable than what he has done by standing tall amidst darkness and selfishness of leadership.”
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