Sultan, Fayose Warn Against Injustice, Bad Governance

Sultan Abubakar III

Sultan Abubakar III

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, have said that the country would witness no meaningful development, except the cankerworm of injustice is fought and banished from the system.

Of particular reference, Fayose said the continued incarceration of the ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki over alleged N333 billion arms deal was a flagrant abuse of the constitution and the rule of law by President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

The duo spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday when Alhaji Sa’ad paid a courtesy call on Fayose, being part of programmes lined up for the investiture of the Chief Imam of Ekiti, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere as the President General, League of Imams in the Southwest, Edo and Delta States.

Alhaji Sa’ad charged Fayose to continue to carry the people along in his leadership role and treat all ethnic nationalities and religious organisations as equal entities, for the state and Nigeria to move to a higher pedestal in all spheres.

“As leaders, we owe it a duty to lead by example and with the fear of God. If you are a leader, it is left for you to work your way to hell or heaven. God believes strongly in leadership, that is why people must continue to support them rather than fighting them.

“I want Governor Fayose to treat all the various nationalities and religions in Ekiti as one. You must be just in handling their affairs. When there is injustice, no development can take place. When we are just, then there will be security in the society. I know that governor Fayose is well loved by the people, but he must continue to work hard for people and most importantly God to love him more;” he advised.

Fayose, who begged Sultan to caution Buhari to eschew abuse of human rights said: “I take the opportunity of your visit to bare my mind on some national concerns, particularly as it affects the unlawful incarceration of the former NSA, Alhaji Sambo Dasuki.

“President Buhari has proved me right by my claims before the election that Nigeria is in the making of a dictator if he is voted into power. By choosing which orders of the court to be obeyed, the President has exhibited his great disdain and disrespect to the judiciary as an independent arm of government and hope of the common man.

“The continuous siege on the residence of the former NSA against a court order is a clear manifestation of fundamental human right abuse. If the president flouts court orders with impunity, judicial independence will be fatally compromised and Nigeria’s embryonic democracy is in great danger. With this act, the President has left nobody in doubt that Dasuki cannot get fair hearing.

He called on the international community to support independent human right observers to monitor former NSA’s prosecution and trial, noting that Buhari must honour his vow to follow due process and the rule of law.

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