THE Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP has condemned Monday’s dethronement and banishment of Emir Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano by the Kano State Government.
The coalition said the action of the government was not only unconstitutional and barbaric but also an assault on the fundamental rights of the deposed emir.
To this end, it vowed to launch a legal offensive to nullify banishment of the emir which it accused Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of carrying out without a court order.
CUPP, addressing the media, yesterday in Abuja, through its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere said it received with shock, the news of the emir’s dethronement.
“The Nigerian opposition coalition received with shock, the news of the illegal and arbitrary dethronement and purported banishment of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II by the APC-led Government of Umar Abdullahi Ganduje.
“We wish to state that the dethronement and banishment which had the tacit support of the APC-led Federal Government was barbaric, illegal, unconstitutional and a grave assault against our constitutional democracy and the fundamental rights guaranteed under sections 34,35, 36, 38, 39, 40,41, and 43 of the I999 Constitution as amended and a bold move to desecrate an ancient revered traditional institution,” the CUPP said in a prepared text read to newsmen.
The text read further: “The emir was not given right to be heard which renders the action of the Kano State Executive Council illegal, arbitrary,unconstitutional, null and void.
“The banishment is a barbaric and mundane assault on Emir Sanusi’s human right as a Nigerian citizen provided under Sections 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, and 43 of the I999 Constitution as amended.
“His right to dignity of the human person, right to personal liberty, right to fair hearing, right to freedom of thought and conscience, right to freedom of expression, right to peaceful assembly and association, right to freedom of movement and right to own immovable property anywhere in Nigeria were all flagrantly violated by the Kano State Government and cannot be condoned in a democracy.”
“Such nonsensical act of banishment is autocratic, dictatorial and in direct conflict with the constitution and must be resisted.
“No Governor or President has right to banish a Nigerian citizen or forcefully move him to any location in violation of the right of movement, right to life and a multitude of another rights except by an order of the court.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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