The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has faulted the Executive Order 6 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Waziri of Adamawa said the signing of the Executive order can cause another recession in Nigeria.
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Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Publicity and Media, Malam Garba Shehu, had disclosed that no less than 50 persons have already been positioned on a travel ban by the Administration.
Shehu also disclosed that those on the watch list weren’t permitted to sell their assets worth N50 million.
But a statement signed by the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation read: “Our attention has been attracted to the statement by the Presidency banning 50 unnamed Nigerians from travelling out of your country, on the effectiveness of Executive Order 6 purportedly. Their crime because they are suspected of experiencing property overseas and so are involved with tax dodging or other alleged financial infractions.
“We should be unequivocal in saying that people abhor any act of criminality, or otherwise financially, however the rule of law should be our guide at fine times or society will descend to anarchy. Thus, it really is found by us most undemocratic that in a nation governed by the rule of law, a President who swore an oath to follow the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, does this.
“If past events should be the judge, these 50 individuals will undoubtedly be critics and opponents of the Buhari administration conveniently. That is nothing lacking intimidation of the 2019 elections ahead. This is exactly what the Buhari administration did in Osun where they froze the accounts of the Adeleke family and illegally and clandestinely paid N16.7 billion to the Osun state to facilitate daylight electoral robbery.
“The Nigerian Constitution guarantees every Nigerian citizen freedom of freedom and movement of association. This Constitutional right can’t be taken except by way of a court order away.
“If the Buhari administration really wants to curtail the rights of Nigerians, they need to head to court and acquire a court order then. Anything lacking that is extrajudicial and unconstitutional.
“This sudden dictatorial act brings in your thoughts President Buhari’s comments that he was condemned by the international community and by the generality of Nigerians.
“On August 26 while delivering an address at the annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, 2018, President Buhari has said ‘where national security and public interest are threatened or you will find a odds of their being threatened, the average person rights of these responsible must take second place allegedly, towards the higher good of society.’
“That has been not just a faulty interpretation of the constitution, the statement also betrays the dictatorial and authoritarian mindset of President Buhari because only he reaches decide who and what threatens national security.
“This is a throwback to Buhari’s evil Decree NUMBER 2 of 1984 which criminalised truth telling if it didn’t please Buhari, proving that dictators can get old, however they can’t grow into democrats.
“Beneath the Buhari administration, Nigeria has witnessed an unprecedented capital flight out from the nation to the extent that people aren’t even listed between the top recipients of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa in the most recent ranking by the US Conference on Trade and Development. It really is salient to notice that people were number 1 beneath the last Peoples Democratic Party administration.
“Funny enough, the Buhari administration were not able to avoid Abdulrasheed Maina, their financier, from leaving the united states after he was illegally cut back by them and reinstated to the federal service with double promotion.
“It really is precisely this sort of draconian orders which have chased investors from Nigeria in fact it is the key reason why Nigerians will chase this recession friendly government from power on February 16, 2019, so we are able to begin the working job to getting Nigeria Working Again.”