Nigeria

Sanction Nigerian Gov’t, APC Officials For Human Rights Violations – PDP Urge President Biden

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the new United States President, Joe Biden to sanction some officials of the Federal Government and leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for alleged corruption, criminal infractions, and human rights violations.

In a statement on Sunday, January 24, 2021, by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party also accused the unnamed officials in the administration of patronizing terrorists and undermining the nation’s democracy.

The main opposition party also called on President Biden to take drastic measures to freeze the assets of such APC leaders and officials of the Buhari administration in the United States, while ensuring that the lifting of visa ban does not extend to such individuals.

The statement said in part: “Now that President Biden has settled down to work, our party urges him to look into the records, especially the report of the Department of State and note the litany of infractions on our polity by APC leaders and officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“President Biden is invited to act on the report of the Department of State detailing cases of human right abuse, arbitrary and extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, detention, torture, shooting and killing of voters, massacring of peaceful protesters as witnessed in the EndSARS protests as well as other atrocious crime against humanity under the Buhari-led APC administration which were also reported by the Amnesty International, AI, and Transparency International, TI.

“Moreover, our party urges President Biden to offer support in saving our democracy by enforcing firm sanctions on APC leaders and their agents in Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, security agencies, and the judiciary, who openly undermined our democracy by manipulating elections, deploying thugs and security operatives to unleash violence to rig elections in Kano, Ondo, Kaduna, Katsina, Ekiti, Niger, Plateau, Rivers and Kogi states among others.

“In Kogi, security agents were deployed to shoot and kill voters, cart away ballot boxes, while police helicopter was deployed to fire tear gas on innocent Nigerians, burnt an innocent woman to death, altered election result figures to declared themselves winners.”

The PDP is also seeking extension of the sanctions to all individuals who participated in or benefited from the “undermining of the Imo state governorship election at the Supreme Court, where a person, who was not a candidate in the election was suddenly declared winner, after which brute force was used to subdue the people.”

Continuing, the party said: “Furthermore, the PDP urges President Biden to assist our country in the recovery of over N15 trillion stolen by APC leaders including the N9.6 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC report as well as the over N6 trillion stolen in various ministries, agencies and departments of government under the Buhari administration.

“President Biden is also called upon to impress it on President Buhari to vanquish terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers ravaging our nation by rejigging our security architecture and replacing his wearied service chiefs with more competent hands.

“President Biden should also impress it on President Buhari to end the corruption in his government, stop the looting spree bedeviling his administration and direct his party and its leaders to get ready to peacefully exit the stage in 2023, through a credible and fair election, having failed on all fronts.”

Source: The Nation

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