Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has clarified that he’s not fighting for the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen who was suspended last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, rather, he’s fighting for the constitution.
Atiku Abubakar made this clarification in a statement on Sunday where he called on the general public to resist every form and shape of dictatorship saying Nigeria is a country governed by laws in a constitutional democracy.
“My thanks especially go to the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union for standing shoulder to shoulder with the Nigerian people. This is most appreciated and on behalf of the voiceless, I say thank you.
“And to those who accuse these governments of interfering, I remind them that they made no such accusations when they celebrated a statement from the US/UK/EU calling for free and fair elections in 2015, just after the postponement of the 2015 elections to make room for a final assault against Boko Haram. What has changed between then and now, except that they are now in power.”
Atiku noted that his fight was for the protection of the nation’s constitution, he accused incumbent administration of acting outside the provisions of the law. He said:
“I am not fighting for Justice Onnoghen. I am fighting for the constitution. Once we open the Pandora’s Box of unconstitutionality, we cannot tell where it will end.
“This scenario appears to me like déjà vu. Under a particularly brutal military dictatorship, Nigerians witnessed the illegal and arbitrary removal of many innocent people from their positions of authority and many said nothing because they were not from the ethnic group of those affected.
“I remember speaking up then that what we know is when the rain begins, but we do not know when it will end. My warnings were ignored by some until they woke up one day and that dictator removed no less a personality than the Sultan of Sokoto.