Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has asked lovers of democracy across the globe to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to leave all political prisoners still in detention.
Reacting to the release of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore, Frank said commended Nigerians especially a human right lawyer, Femi Falana, for standing up to fight for justice even in the mist of treat to their lives.
He also commended the United States Government for prevailing on the Nigerian government to do the needful, saying if not for the pressure by the USA government and some of its senators, Sowore would still be languishing in DSS detention without charge.
Frank however asked Buhari government to apologise to the duo for violating their rights.
He said the “Buhari’s government has succeeded in oppressing its citizens. No more freedom of speech and the right to assemble. Just a few days ago, President Buhari/APC thugs beat to stupor Deji Adeyanju, the activist, for protesting the continued detention of Sowore, yet the ruling party had the nerve to accuse the opposition party of masterminding the attack.
“I appeal to the USA, EU and all democratic countries where rule of law applies to issue visa ban on the government officials whose stock in trade is to disobey court orders that don’t favor them, oppress Nigerians by depriving them of their fundamental human right to associate and express themselves freely.
“This government is very powerful when it comes to oppressing innocent Nigerians but very weak when it comes to fighting corruption and insurgency.
“No government has disgraced and embarrassed Nigeria before the international community like Buhari government, it took the USA senators to speak out before sowore was released while our Nigerian senators are busy rubber stamping all Buhari’s request to the senate.
“I call on the USA government despite the blackmail to do more to ensure that other political detainees and journalists are freed.
“Sowore like Dasuki were granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction. But Buhari and the cabal decided to flaunt the order. Dasuki spent 4 years in DSS detention despite several bail granted by the courts while Sowore was rearrested a day after he was granted bail without charges.
“It is a shame that this government cannot put its house in order, they speak from both sides of the mouth. Just last week, the AGF Malami said he cannot order the DSS to release Sowore without recourse to the court, yet a week later, he ordered the same DSS to release Sowore.
“What has changed in a week to make the AGF order the DSS to release Sowore? It is the pressure from the international community, especially the American senators and the USA government that compelled this government to release Sowore.
“A few days ago, Femi Adesina, the spokesperson of President Buhari said nobody appointed the USA the police of the world, yet a few days later, they have not only released Sowore, but they also released Dasuki and the AGF suddenly remember that he can appeal their bail”.