- Comrade Timi Frank has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari's Executive Order 06
- The order banned about 50 Nigerians from traveling abroad
- Comrade Frank said the order is aimed at stifling opposition elements
Former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has condemned the Executive Order 06 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Sunday, October 14, Comrade Frank stated that the order is aimed at stifling opposition party chieftains ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He specifically mentioned that the order is targeted at politicians, traditional rulers, businessmen and women sympathetic to the quest by Atiku Abubakar emerge president in the general elections.
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He described it as “a reminiscent of the infamous and draconian Decree No. 4 of 1984 which was cruelly pursued and enforced by the incumbent president who was then the military Head of State.”
Comrade Frank further said the main purpose of the said EO6 is to weaken the leaders of opposition political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
According to him, the earlier list released to the media was a distraction from the real targets which he assured will soon be made public.
He, however warned that unless the international community and well meaning Nigerians speak up now against acts of dictatorship of the Buhari administration, democracy in Nigeria may soon end.
According to Frank, the ruling APC has been rattled with the rising popularity of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, hence its resort to autocratic tactics to cripple opposition leaders under the guise of fighting corruption.
He described the latest order by the president as “a draconian measure to frighten opposition elements from challenging him in the coming election,” adding that “if care is not taken the action of the president might engineer the military to takeover power.”
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Similarly, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned the travel ban imposed by the federal government on 50 Nigerians.
Abubakar, on Sunday afternoon, October 14, warned that the travel ban was capable of devastating the Nigerian economy, and could at worse plunge the most-populous black nation into anarchy.
The presidential candidate in a statement from his campaign office said the action by the president in imposing the ban was undemocratic and contravenes the sworn oath to abide by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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