Popular northern-based activist, Malam Shehu Sani, has described the last Thursday’s fracas at the National Assembly as a degree of desperation and abuse of power by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government.
Sani, who is the President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, also condemned an alleged “assault” on the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos by soldiers and the Department of State Services.
He said the actions pointed to “visible symptoms of tyranny and a retrogressive slide to totalitarianism by the Jonathan government.”
The activist noted that Jonathan’s government lacked respect for the rule of law.
Sani, who was jailed by the late dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, over a phantom coup allegation in 1995, told newamen that, “The assault on the National Assembly was a political sacrilege and a desecration of such an important democratic institution.
“The raid demonstrates the degree of desperation and abuse of power by the Jonathan-led government in his rabid bid to succeed himself.
“Since 1999, no government has so brazenly and criminally used, misused and abused the state apparatus like the existing one.