Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has pleaded with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to beg President Muhammadu Buhari to eschew human rights abuses, selected arrests and persecution of political opponents.
Speaking when the sultan paid him a courtesy visit ahead of the investiture of the Chief Imam of Ekiti, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere, as the President General, League of Imams in the South-West, Edo and Delta States, Fayose pleaded with the head of Islamic faith in Nigeria to beg President to shun dictatorship in all forms.
“President Buhari has proved me right by my claims before the election that Nigeria is in the making of a dictator if he is voted into power.
“By choosing which orders of the court to be obeyed, the President has exhibited his great disdain and disrespect to the judiciary as an independent arm of government and hope of the common man.
“I take the opportunity of your visit to bare my mind on some national concerns, particularly as it affects the unlawful incarceration of the former NSA, Alhaji Sambo Dasuki. The continuous siege on the residence of the former NSA against a court order is a clear manifestation of fundamental human right abuse.
“If the president flouts Court orders with impunity, judicial independence will be fatally compromised and Nigeria’s embryonic democracy is in great danger. With this act, the President has left nobody I doubt that Dasuki cannot get fair hearing.
“We hereby call on the international community to support independent human right observers who are out to monitor former NSA’s prosecution and trial. President Buhari must honour his vow to follow due process and the rule of law,” he said.
According to him, the continued detention of Dasuki over alleged N333 billion arms deal was a flagrant abuse of the constitution and the rule of law by President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
Meanwhile, the Sultan believes Nigeria is unlikely to witness any meaningful development unless the cankerworm of injustice is fought and banished from the system.
“As leaders, we owe it a duty to lead by example and with the fear of God. I want Governor Fayose to treat all the various nationalities and religions in Ekiti as one. You must be just in handling their affairs. When there is injustice, no development can take place.
“When we are just, then there will be security in the society. I know that governor Fayose is well loved by the people, but he must continue to work hard for people and most importantly God to love him more,” the Sultan advised.

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