A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Deputy National Secretary of the APC, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said that the withdrawal of the security details attached to Tambuwal, was a plot by the federal government to kill the Speaker.
The former Minister, who accused President Goodluck Jonathan of masterminding the removal of Tambuwal’s security aides, alleged that the Speaker was one of the targets of snipers being purportedly groomed by the President.
Disclosing this to newsmen shortly after picking his expression of interest and nomination forms as the APC governorship aspirant in Kaduna State today, the former minister, insisted that the Speaker was one of the targets of the killer squad, declaring that “that was why the Inspector-General of Police on the order of Jonathan withdrew the Speaker’s security aides.
While warning that no harm must befall the Speaker, the former minister noted that it was irresponsible on the part of the Inspector-General of Police and the Federal Government to have withdrawn the security details of the Speaker.
According to him “the withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security aides is on the order of the President Goodluck Jonathan. The IG doesn’t act that way. The president ordered the IG to order the removal. Its just the continuation of the Jonathanian impunity.
“This people has no respect for the law. They have no respect for rules. They think they are in power to abuse their control of coercive instruments of power and we should warn them that impunity has limits. If anything happens to Tambuwal(Speaker), the whole world would hold them responsible.
” He (Speaker) was on the list of those to be out by snipers. So, if anything happens to him, we know that it was done intentionally so that this will succeed.
“They should look across Burkina Faso and see what is happening when a government overstays its welcome or engages in wanton impunity. They should learn from history. I think it is very irresponsible on the part of IG and the government to do that.”
He also warned the police and other security agencies to desist from being partisan in the 2015 general elections, saying Nigerians are fed up with the current government of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
“Every Nigerian is saying enough is enough. So I warn them to desist from being partisan. They (security agents) should just play the role they are expected to play in the constitution otherwise, they should not be surprise if the people react negatively.
“We should all try to be responsible citizens and play our roles as peaceful people. If they try to do anything(negative),there will be consequences. They should stop doing that” El-Rufai said.
In another reaction, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Federal Government to desist from compounding illegality by inducing members of the House of Representatives to sign a paper seeking to reconvene the House ahead of the Dec. 3rd adjourned date
”We have heard from the grapevine that the FG is inducing legislators with a view to reconvening the House, but this will amount to piling illegality upon illegality since only a resolution by all principal officers of the House can reconvene the house,” the party said in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
”We cannot put anything beyond a government that will unlawfully withdraw the security details of the country’s number four citizen, who has not been removed as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, simply because he decamped from the ruling party to the opposition. For as long as he remains Speaker, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is entitled to all the statutory perks of his office,” it said.
APC accused the Administration of President Goodluck Jonathan of ruling by vindictiveness, rather than in accordance with the rule of law.
The party said despotism, arbitrariness and impunity are the watch words of the Jonathan Administration, hence it has desecrated most national institutions, including the judiciary, and has now put the legislature in its cross hair.
”The legislature is one of the last standing institutions after the onslaught of the ravaging Jonathan Administration, which has nothing but contempt for the concept of the separation of powers, the rule of law and perception of the country by the international community.
”For this government, it is power for the sake of power, not for the achievement of anything ennobling. That is why the police and SSS details of a man who remains the country’s number four can be removed without consideration to what the law says. That is why public funds will be used to induce lawmakers to sign for the reconvening of the House when it is clear that only the principal officers, and not even the Speaker alone, can reconvene the House before the adjourned date,” it said.
APC said it would not be surprised if the lawless, vindictive and predictable Jonathan Administration will even prevent the Speaker from accessing his residential quarters, offices and even the planes in the official fleet for carrying out his official assignments.
”This President has said publicly that he does not give a damn. This Administration has shown clearly that it does not believe in the rule of law. Therefore it does not matter to the President or his Administration what the civilized world thinks of the country, as long as he can have his way, using all sorts of dirty tactics including unbridled corruption that is the hallmark of the Administration.
”We are therefore calling on all concerned citizens to condemn what is happening in our country today before one desperate power monger brings the country crashing down on all of us. This is because even if the Jonathan Administration is voted out of office next year, it will take a long time to reverse the harm that is being done to national institutions, which have become punitive tools in the hands of an increasingly despotic leader,” the party said