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Siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu: Avoid actions that threaten Nigeria’s democracy, CAN warns

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By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA—CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (CAN) has warned the Presidency and the Nigeria Police against taking actions capable of threatening the survival of democracy in Nigeria.

CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle

The CAN President, Revd. Samson Ayokunle gave the warning while reacting to the invasion of the official residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu by security operativesyesterday.

In a statement by his media aide, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the CAN President called on the civil society to remain vigilant in rescuing Nigeria’s democracy from forces that are avowed towards derailing it.

He said: “We express grave concerns over the poor handling of police’s invitation to the Senate President, Saraki, over the infamous Offa robbery saga that led to the death of no fewer than 30 people. And the alleged plan by the EFCC to arrest Ekweremadu over alleged money laundering. The Christian umbrella body condemns in strong terms the way and manner the Police were deployed in subjecting the leadership of the National Assembly to needless embarrassment and harassment. The ongoing action of the Police is a siege against democracy.

“CAN notes with every sense of responsibility that the only difference between democracy and dictatorship is the presence or absence of the National Assembly. As stakeholders in the survival of the Nigerian democracy, we have no choice but to speak out against unfolding political imbroglio that is capable of not portraying in good standing in the comity of nations.

We caution the Police against being used to threaten democracy. CAN needs to remind the Nigeria Police that once a suspect has been invited to any of its offices, the best international practice is to exercise patience until the invitee fails to honour such an invitation.”

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