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13 December 2019

Buhari still has character of 1984 dictator —NADECO chieftain, Opadokun

The General Secretary of the frontline pro-democracy group, National Democratic Coalition, Chief Ayo Opadokun, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has failed to transform from a military dictator to a democrat.

Opadokun, who was among those detained for their activism during the struggle for the actualization of the June 12, 1993 mandate, said it was unfortunate that those who played no role in the restoration of democracy are now destroying what Nigeria fought hard to achieve.

The NADECO chieftain said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Thursday.

Opadokun, who was among those that supported Buhari as a ‘reformed democrat’ during the build-up to the 2015 elections, said Buhari ought to have removed the toga of a despot, even as he said that the retired general’s war against corruption remains commendable.

“We cannot be part of any group that will bring down Buhari government, but it is his inability to remove his toga of military dictatorship…

“It was during his time that he manufactured Decree 4, where truth became a mortal offense.

“Nduka Irabor and Thompson were jailed for speaking the truth about emissaries who were going to be ambassadors.”

The activist lambasted the Department of State Services for the manner with which it re-arrested Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, last Friday, despite Sowore meeting his bail conditions.


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