Atiku calls for immediate, unconditional release of CUPP’s spokesperson
The arrest of the spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Barrister Ikenga Ugochinyere has come to our notice.
This action is tyrannical and inimical to a constitutional order. We demand for his immediate and unconditional release.
The arrest of Ugochinyere, despite a substituting court order, makes mockery of rule of law, a necessary ingredient of a democracy. It is unacceptable to us and many Nigerians who value democracy and human rights.
Such action of the government at this time when our country is going through much stress and uncertainty, with citizen protests in some parts of the country, is not in anyone’s interest.
Nigeria, despite all its shortcomings, remains and still looks forward to being referred to as a democracy. A democracy respects human rights and the rule of law rather than impunity and brigandage.
Media Adviser to Atiku Abubakar
Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007
19th June 2020