President Buhari’s action is a threat to democracy – Gowon

Former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has lampooned President Buhari’s invasion of judges’ home in gestapo style.

The former Head of State lamented over the recent slide in the application of force by government agencies in civil matters.

He called on President Buhari to engage a more democratic approach to such issues.

According to Gowon said “The manner of arrests in recent time is a serious and worrisome thing.

“Honestly, Buhari should direct security operatives not to go outside the precepts of the law.

“The reason is this: if the situation is mishandled, it can be a threat to democracy.

Read Also: Biafra, Economy: Gowon warns Buhari

“We pray for better solution to those problems; we pray the government should look for ways and means to deal with this problem of recession which I know they are doing.

“I can assure you that I saw the president before going to Botswana for the golden jubilee of their independence.

“One of the things we discussed was the concern of the people as far as the economic situation is concerned.

“He was honest to say that he knows about these problems and that his government are doing all they can to find solution to this problem.

In a related development, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has also denounced the gestapo-style invasion and arrest of judges across the country.

CBCN President and Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama said “There should be no sentiments in the application of the rule of law.

Read Also: Ruling Nigeria is now difficult — Buhari

“We have been very clear with the president in our various meetings that the real law must be upheld.

“We are not in a system of government where people are just fished out of selfish or political interest.

“It should be clear that people are guilty before they are arrested and if they are found to be guilty there should also be no sentiments.

“This issue of ‘they are arrested because they belong to a party or to a particular geographical area and others’ is why Nigeria has refused to move forward.

“Whether President or Ex-President if you breach the law, you are a target for legal action. In Nigeria we’re not used to that,” Kaigama said.