Yerima’s arrest: ACN, ANPP accuse FG of intimidation

Two major opposition political parties on Sunday raised the alarm over the arrest of former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Sani Yerima, saying the act was aimed at intimidating members of the opposition by the Federal Government.

Senator Yerima

The two parties, Action Congress of Nigeria and the All Nigerian Peoples Party, described as unacceptable the arrest of Yerima in Kaduna State over alleged inciting comments on a live radio programme run by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Kaduna.

Though the Senator was released barely hours after, the National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the arrest might signal an impending clampdown on the opposition by what it described as “an increasingly jittery Federal Government.”

The party said Yerima’s arrest by the police, for saying in a radio interview that there would be a mass protest if the Independent National Electoral Commission refused to register the newly formed All Progressive Congress after it would have met all legal requirements, was nothing short of “budding fascism.”

It said Yerima did not say anything extra-ordinary by threatening a protest, adding that protests remained an integral part of liberal democracy and could not be wished away or banned by anyone.

The party also accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party of working in conjunction with some unnamed people to register what it called a “phantom African Peoples Congress,” which it said was done to deny the APC registration with the INEC.

The statement said, “We will like to say, in support of Senator Yerima, that if INEC refuses to register the All Progressives Congress, when all the legal requirements have been met, the protest in Tahrir Square in Egypt will be a child’s play compared to what we will do at the Eagle Square.

“We say this because we are aware that the Peoples Democratic Party, which is mortally afraid of the rise and rise of the APC, is behind the phantom African Peoples Congress which has applied to INEC for registration, in an effort to instigate an acronym crisis and give INEC a reason, if it needs any, not to register the All Progressives Congress.

‘’But we will like to warn that if indeed INEC has not merged with the PDP, as one of our leaders, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has brilliantly said, then we do hope that the electoral body, which by the way is not unaware of the All Progressives Congress as the authentic APC, will not succumb to the evil machinations of the apprehensive PDP.’’

The party said it expected more arrests, investigations by the anti-corruption agencies and other acts aimed at intimidating its leaders in the weeks and months ahead, but warned the Federal Government to make sure it had enough prison space to accommodate those it plans to arrest.

“After all, it is generally believed that the recent redeployment of Police commissioners in the states was done in readiness for the pre-2015 clampdown on the opposition. We know the arrest of Senator Yerima is just a tip of the iceberg, as the PDP-controlled FG gets ready to bare its fangs. But we must warn that fascism can never prevail over liberal democracy,” it said.

The ANPP, in another statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Emma Eneukwu, said the arrest of Yerima was “a sign of things to come from the ruling PDP as they are patently jumpy over the coalition of progressives in readiness for the 2015 elections.”

It said that under Nigeria’s democracy, free speech is allowed and that the Senator was merely exercising his rights without breaching public peace by any means.

“Moreover, peaceful demonstration is also legal. If Senator Yerima expresses doubts about the sincerity of the ruling party in supporting democratic best practices and calls for a future peaceful demonstration, it is only a government which has malicious agenda that would take offence at such opinion,” the statement added.

The party reminded all democracy lovers in Nigeria that dictatorship would not happen overnight but that it would start in trickles “until it culminates in a breaking point when the silent rivulets of evil break the dam of reason, and everything comes tumbling down.”

It added that history had shown that the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, began his career of turning his nation upside down by muzzling the opposition at the slightest excuse, and installing Nazi supporters to control the critical aspects of the national life.

Efforts made to speak with the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, were not successful as calls made to his mobile telephone indicated that it was switched off.

He also did not respond to a message sent to the same mobile telephone in which our correspondent asked for his reaction.

Also, the South-East zone of the yet-to-be-registered opposition alliance party, APC, on Sunday, condemned the arrest of the ex-governor, saying the action was unbecoming of the Nigeria Police Force.

It said in a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the interim management of the APC in the zone that, “The APC South-East wishes to caution that as we approach the 2015 general elections, intimidation and undue arrest should be consigned to the dark ages of the yore. And most importantly, that the relative frontiers of freedom which democracy bestowed on the nation shall not be abridged by any group or persons for self -preservation.”

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  1. sulayman AbubaQar Reply

    Let me begin by answering a very silly question. The same
    lame question people ask and when you answer them they
    ask again and again like some badly programmed robot. “can
    you give your daughter out in marriage at 14?” The simple
    answer is yes. But watch out, after reading this piece they will
    ask again. They ask and keep asking because the campaign
    against a woman less than 18 getting married has just two
    pillars: angry exclamations and pointless questions. We will
    not be like them, we will mention and refute each and every
    one of their objection to a man of any age marrying a woman
    of any age provided there is parental consent
    Some have likened marrying a 14 years old girl to “ruining her
    life” and this is related to sex often. This is the view point of
    people who are sexually reckless hence their mind have
    become perverted so much so that they can only think of a
    man and a young lady living as man and wife from the angle
    of sex. When he was informed that marriage does not mean
    immediate sex one of such commentators said “how can you
    give a bone to a dog and expect him not to eat it?”. So you
    see this pervert likens his being around a 14 years old girl to
    a dog being around a bone and surprisingly he thinks
    someone else is the pervert
    Pedophilia is not to have sex with your wife who is under 18
    within marriage, pedophilia is to have sexual desire for
    prepubescent children. If i marry a paralyzed woman does it
    follow that i have sexual desire for paralyzed women? If i
    marry an old lady does it follow that i have sexual desire for
    old women? Why is it said that whoever marries someone you
    defined a child has sexual desire for children? This thinking
    can only come from people who not only think marriage is
    equal to sex but also see women as of no other value than
    sex and one can hardly blame them afteral the movies they
    watch, songs they sing, women they see and even clothes
    they wear resolve around sex and they think everyone is like
    them
    Some like Femi Fani Kayode have even describe the whole
    nation as a nation of perverts and we say to this elder with
    the temperament of a juvenile; by your own definition of
    perversion and pedophilia, you are calling your great grand
    fathers perverts and by implication you are calling yourself a
    product of pedophilia. You are not stopping there you are
    also calling Joseph who was betrothed to Mary the mother of
    Jesus far before 12 years a pedophile and you are pointing
    accusing fingers at your God for putting one of His honorable
    messengers, Jesus, in the tummy of a 12 years old according
    to your records and we say to you; an elder should only
    speak of what he has thought of, please leave this reactionary
    outburst to children; the poorly brought up ones to be
    specific
    The problem i have with overnight moralist is their hypocrisy.
    If the news was that the Senate removed a clause that says
    fornication is a crime these Child Not Bride people will not
    breathe a word. If the news was that Senate removed a clause
    that girls of 14 years can no longer be used as house helps
    these Child not Bride hypocrites will not breathe a word. They
    tell us that a girl of 14 cannot handle a home yet alot of them
    have one at home washing their clothes, cleaning the toilet
    and sweeping their floors without respect and honour that a
    man should give his wife. They tell us a girl of 14 does not
    know anything yet Juliet of the Romeo and Juliet fame which
    they propagate as epitome of love was not even up to 14
    neither was the Rose character who is depicted to have sex
    with Jack. So to these crazed morons it is ok for a child to be
    depicted with romance and sex but she should not marry;
    they choose child pornography over marriage and one of
    their messages asked yet another chilly question: “how can a
    child who is not allowed to watch pornography be allowed to
    get married?”. What a question, what a people!
    Where were these fraudsters when movies were being aired
    teaching their children how to kiss and have sex? Where were
    these criminals when Mrs. Ngozi Iwuoha cried her eyes out
    narrating how Apostle Princewill Basil lied to her 15 years old
    daughter that there was a “dirty foundation that defined her
    life” and that he has the anointing power to cast the evil
    spirit away from her so he violated the little girl and when
    she was pregnant he took her somewhere and aborted the
    baby. What about the chairman of bishops in Rivers State,
    Bishop Chibuike Nwabueze who admitted to have had sex
    with a 14 years old girl and paid for her abortion? Why was
    there no Child Not Sex Toy campaign and no VVF talk? The
    Bishop even claimed the little girl seduced him and i am sure
    this same Bishop if he was not nabbed would have been
    among the loud mouths speaking against a decision not to
    prohibit marriage for a 17 years old whose parent and
    religion consent
    In the last few weeks there was no fewer than 5 little children
    defiled in Benin City from police report alone and you can be
    sure the police will not report 95% of the cases. Vanguard
    Newspaper has tagged it a Season of Rape. Pastor Eze Fidelis
    of the Deeper Life Bible Church was discovered to be having
    sex with two girls one 9 and the other 11 and the two of the
    use to come together to his house for that purpose for over
    a year now meaning he started when one was 8 and the
    other 10, Segun Oteru did what he did with Grace a 12 years
    old, and Saturday Cole did same with another little girl of 11
    all in one week and nobody breathe a word, and it was not
    done by force, and what we hear is “i was tempted” from the
    same mouth that would have been cursing Yerima for
    marrying a girl who is now 17 years old schooling happily in
    Egypt while he is in Nigeria. Some say Yerima paid 500,000
    dollars for dowry and at the same time they said his wife will
    have VVF, this is like fasting and eating at the same time but
    the country has enough fools who will buy any and every talk
    Putting all these occurrences into perspective, we are not
    saying if you did not speak up against prostitution then you
    must be mute on fornication, that is wrong because both are
    evil. What we are saying is if you will not criticize an evil do
    not criticize a good just because you suspect it may lead to
    evil in some cases. Will there be men who will maltreat their
    wife when she is 90? YES, will there be men who will maltreat
    their wife when they are 14? YES, will there be men who will
    maltreat their wife when they are 25? YES…there is nothing in
    the age 17 that induces maltreatment. Fathers need to be
    careful who they allow their daughters of any age to marry,
    they may even be more careful when the daughter is younger,
    no problem, but don’t tell us the whole idea is wrong and
    should be prohibited for everybody because, i don’t know of
    your Christian community, but our Muslim community have
    men who will not maltreat their wives of any age even though
    we have a few who would. I don’t know of your Christian
    community but our Muslim community have men who marry
    for other reasons apart from sex and we urge you to respect
    that afteral we are not coming for your daughter, even if we
    do you can reject, and our daughters who we marry out at 14
    are not complaining now that they are 35, matter of fact they
    are happy they will have children of 20 who may even be
    Professors by the time they are 45 still young and beautiful
    thirty years into marriage
    You have always ask if we can give out our daughters at that
    age and we have always answered that we can because we
    know the stuff a true Muslim is made of; even if his wife was
    blind, deaf and dumb he won’t maltreat her because his
    beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has already said the best
    among you is the one who is best to his wife. If you judge us
    looking at El Rufai and Atiku Abubakar who you have
    corrupted with your system you may not see clearly. I suggest
    you bother yourself with your problem so that we see a Boy
    Not Bride campaign that will safe the little boys being
    sodomized everyday in the name of a strange thou shall not
    marry religious belief afterall they say charity begins at home
    Finally, let me say that you can make any law you want to
    make none will be before our Qur’an and the Sunnah of our
    Prophet because we consider it foolishness to place what
    man legislates on top what God Almighty reveals, so if you
    intend to seize the House of Assembly and write a new
    constitution that says marriage should be put at 45 please
    knock yourself out, the law will be for you and you alone; we
    marry at any age and to partners of any age and nothing will
    stop it, you can waste time and money it won’t change
    because this is how we have kept our decency which, even
    though you hate to admit, you are witnesses to. We do hope
    you come out of your hypocrisy some day and accept life as
    real as it is , maybe then you’ll realise when God and God’snn
    people speak, the opinion of fools don’t matter

    • shattimah Reply

      Exellent! Superb! Great! Kai well done. Thank you. Jazakallahu hairan.

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