The Nigeria Union of Journalists has warned that recent actions of the Nigeria Police Force threaten the foundation democracy in the country.
The NUJ President, Muhammad Garba, told journalists in Kano, Sunday, that recent actions of the police including the National Assembly blockade, giving protection to minority members of the Ekiti House of Assembly over the majority, and raiding of the All Progressives Congress, APC, office in Lagos are assaults on Nigeria’s constitutional provisions.
“The issue is a very serious one to the smooth undertakings of the nation’s democratic culture and is clearly standing on the ways of entrenchment of the full democratic norms,” he said. “As such we wholly condemn it as unacceptable’.
Mr. Garba said the actions of the police have made many Nigerians lose confidence in them as non-partisan umpires in safeguarding the security of lives and property of the people.
The journalist also attacked Nigerian politicians for politicising the country’s security challenges. He said the controversy over the extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe would only embolden the insurgents.
“I think politicians today enjoy making nonsense of the issue of emergency rule, they have now turned it to politics with each class using it as a tool for attacking another person.
“This is unacceptable. The issue at stake is very serious one, they should allow experts and security personnel provide what is better in the whole saga,” he said.
Mr. Garba said whether the National Assembly approved the extension or not, President Goodluck Jonathan has the powers to extend the emergency rule and his decision should be accepted by all.
The journalist also spoke on the increasing downfall of the Naira and called on Mr. Jonathan and his economic team to act to stop the situation.
The Naira recently fell to about N175 to a dollar, its lowest value ever.