Nigeria descending into fascism, says PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said that Nigeria was fast descending into a fascist republic where the basic rights of citizens no longer mean anything to those in authority.
A statement by the party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye condemned what it called the Gestapo style employed by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) in arresting some judges on Saturday morning in various parts of the country.
The DSS had explained in Abuja that it carried out the arrests based on petitions and reports it had about what it called the expensive lifestyles of the affected judges.
It claimed that a total amount of N93,558,000; $530,087; £25,970 and €5,680 were recovered during the operation.
But the PDP said the invasion of the residences of the judges, the manhandling of members of their families as well as the timing of the event pointed to the single fact that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had no respect for democracy.
The opposition party believed that the administration has jettisoned the principle of separation of powers and argued that the National Judicial Council (NJC), which had the statutory powers to discipline erring judges should have been left to do its job.
“By bringing this attack to the Judiciary, President Buhari has shown that he has no desire to respect the pillars of our democracy. He has shown his desire to kill our democracy and convert it to an autocracy without checks and balances.”