Governing party restates commitment to rule of law

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The governing party of Nigeria, All Progressives Congress, APC has restated its commitment to maintain a strong human rights record as it respects the rule of law and rights of its citizens.

This was made known at a media parley with State House Correspondents at the Press Gallery of the Presidential Villa Abuja.

Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina presided over the session and was supported by the Senior Special Assistant t the President, Media and Publicity and his counterpart in the office of the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande.

According to Mr Adesina, the All Progressives Congress APC administration has not failed Nigerians as being speculated in some quarters.

“You can’t write the report card of this administration when it is just hitting the half way mark. That will not be fair, the term is four years according to our democratic arrangement and the promises made are going to be stretched over that four year period; like the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said recently, APC did not promise to solve all the problems of Nigeria in one year or in two years. This administration will take Nigeria to a place far beyond where it met it. So if anybody says APC has failed, just tell them it is too early in the day,” Mr Adesina said.

On the rumour being peddled about a failed coup in the country, the Presidential Spokesperson said: “The Army has spoken and let us take that position. What the Chief of Army Staff said was a routine warning that goes to military officers-‘Don’t hobnob with politicians’ Therefore, let’s not stretch the military’s position beyond what it has said,” he advised.

It could be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai recently warned officers and men of the Nigeria Army to stay away from politics.

Protection of Rights

Also speaking, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said the Buhari administration has maintained a very good human rights record in the last two years and would continue to do same.

“The human rights records of this administration are impeccable, they are unimpeachable. We are not aware that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is in breach of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in anyway, with regards to the protection of the rights of the citizens of this country,” he said.

On complaints about epileptic power supply across the country, the Senior Special Assistant blamed it on vandalism of pipelines and low water level in the dams where electricity is generated.

“It is a mistake to say that power has deteriorated under the Buhari administration because when we came into office in 2015, power generation in the country was at a level of 3324 megawatts. It increased to 4357 in August 2015, just few months after President Buhari took over. It later rose to the peak of 5077 megawatts in 2016. That was the first time we attained that in this country. Presently the average generation is about 3000, as a result of vandalism of gas pipeline infrastructure and also low water in our dams,” the Senior Special Assistant explained.

For his side, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, said the country’s justice system needs to be reformed to address the perceived weak prosecution of corruption cases.

On the report of the investigation on the suspended Secretary to the Government, Mr Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, the Spokespersons said the two remain suspended and the outcome of the investigation would soon be made known to Nigeria.