Kwara Must Change, the group spearheading the recall of Senate President, Mr. Bukola Saraki, from the National Assembly, has alleged that its members have been receiving death threats because of their agitation.
The group made the allegation in a statement issued on Monday. Signed by Mr. Yusuf Olatunji, the group’s Coordinator for Kwara Central Senatorial District, the statement said the threats have been mostly directed towards Kwara Must Change President, Mr. Abdulrazaq O Hamzat. It added that it has decided to formally report the death threats by Mr. Saraki’s aides to all the country’s security agencies and international bodies, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union, United Nations and foreign embassies in Nigeria.
According to the group, its mission to recall Mr. Saraki is hinged on the poor representation he has provided for the people of Kwara Central Senatorial District.
While admitting that the threats are real, the group maintained that it is not afraid to confront them and press ahead with its aim of recalling the Senate President.
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“The recall process will not be aborted for this unfortunate reason. It shall proceed as planned on 1 August 2017 and we urge everyone in Kwara Central to join us in this historic recall.
“Aides of the Senate President, who are spearheading this evil plot know themselves, but we also know them and they will soon hear from us. They and their political thugs would wish they never threatened us, as we have gathered all their previous criminal activities,” stated Kwara Must Change.
On 11 July, Kwara Must Change announced its desire to commence the process of recalling the Senate President, which it said is a constitutionally-guaranteed right.
It noted that its declaration, which was initially dismissed by Mr. Saraki’s aides as an exercise in futility, has become something that the Senate President’s camp is willing to kill for.
Kwara Must Change disclosed that it has been able to obtain the names of the Senate President’s aides behind the threats, noting that some of them have long-standing reputation for vile conduct.
In a less than subtle way, the group warned that it will not stand by and watch its members killed.
“While they are plotting to kill other people for exercising their constitutional rights, they are not aware that their own life is not assured as well. We at Kwara Must Change will not beg them to desist from their evil plot, but they must know that we are not in any way scared of them. We make bold to say that, we will never live in fear of their evil plans. Instead of running away from them, we will face them squarely,” vowed the group.