Abuja (NAN) President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday pledged that his administration will ensure that all cases of political assassinations, intimidation and kidnappings are thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators speedily brought to justice.
But it was not immediately clear if Buhari was talking about reopening cases of unresolved political killings in the country. Former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, frontline Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Engr. Funsho Williams and National Vice Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Dr. Harry Marshall, are among politicians whose assassinations have not been resolved till date.
According to a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari gave the assurance while addressing State Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a parley in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It quoted Buhari as saying that he remained fully committed to providing a level playing field for all Nigerians to get on with their daily lives or participate in electing their leaders without fear of intimidation.
The president said that his administration would continuously strengthen Nigeria’s criminal justice system to curb the reign of injustice and impunity in the country.
“At every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if our democratic system is to survive. Injustice cannot survive for long. Justice will ultimately prevail.’’
He said that government would ensure that those saddled with the responsibility of ensuring justice and equity did not rest on their oars. According to the president, the only way the nation can sustain its democracy is to ensure that the law remains supreme at all times.
“If the law is upheld, people will have confidence that they can vote for who they want to vote for without intimidation or threats. People must have protection to exercise their rights freely or we could be headed for anarchy. The police and the judiciary must ensure that justice is done in the country. We won’t allow impunity to continue in certain states, where the rights of the people are being violated.
“I have a personal commitment to fair play and respect of personal rights. This government will do all that is possible to enforce that. My address to National Executive Council of the APC was very clear. We are now in the frontline. We are the party in government. We must lead by good example and consolidate on the gains of our democratic system,’’ Buhari said.
The president urged the chairmen and other political leaders in the country to keep to prescribed legal processes for the resolution of political disputes.
He enjoined them never resort to violence, criminality and other forms of unacceptable behaviours in seeking redress for any perceived injustice.
He also called on the state chairmen to work with the party’s elected officials to ensure that the APC delivered on its promise of better living conditions for all Nigerians.
The Leader of the delegation and Chairman of the APC in Kano State, Umar Dogowa, said that the APC State Chairmen were on a visit to the Presidential Villa to reaffirm their support for Buhari and his administration.
Dogowa assured the president that the state chairmen would uphold the values of the party, promote peace and unity in the country, and also ensure that APC elected members fulfilled their promises to Nigerians.
The statement noted that some of the APC state Chairmen in states controlled by other parties had complained to Buhari about political intimidation and harassment.