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Fayose dares FG to stop him from travelling abroad, says “Governors not Buhari's appendages”

By The Rainbow

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has dared the Federal

Government to carry out the alleged plot of preventing him from

travelling out of the country , saying; “under the federal system of

government, State governors are not appendages of the President and as

a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, he cannot be cowed by

President Mohammadu Buhari and his agents.”
The governor, who reacted to reports that two governors, one from the

Southwest and another from the South South have been placed on travel

restriction on President Buhari's order, in a press conference

addressed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New

Media, Lere Olayinka, said; whenever he wished to travel out Nigeria,

he will do so in the full glare of the public.
He said; “I am not surprised or disappointed by this latest plot of

the Buhari's government because the President Buhari that we know is a

man without any atom of respect for the rights of Nigerians as

enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, the Universal

Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and

Peoples' Rights and this he demonstrated as a military dictator and

now demonstrating as a democratically elected president.”

The governor said he was however amazed that “this dangerous dimension

of compelling a sitting governor that enjoys Constitutional Immunity

like the President to obtain clearance from the Director General of

the Department of State Service (DSS) before travelling out of Nigeria

can ever be contemplated.”
He said President Buhari and his agents should be mindful of the fact

that under a federal system of government, the states and national

government both enjoy some autonomy, with sovereign power formally

divided between the national government and the States such that each

State retains some degree of control over its internal affairs.

Olayinka, who was flanked by the Chief Press Secretary to the

Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi said; “Few days ago, when Governor Ayodele

Fayose was reliably informed that President Mohammadu Buhari had

directed that he should be banned from traveling outside Nigeria, he

simply took the information as mere rumour, concluding that disrespect

for the constitution of Nigeria and Buhari's dictatorship would not be

extended to the most ridiculous level of preventing a governor elected

just as the president from traveling out of the country.

“The thinking of Governor Fayose was that even though the Buhari's

presidency was capable of even attempting to prevent those opposed to

the President from breathing the air, it must still be sane enough to

be conscious of the consequences of placing any Nigerian under travel

ban without an order of the court, not to talk of a sitting governor

that enjoys constitutional immunity like the President.

“However, when we read the story titled; “2 govs under watch, face

travel ban” published on Sunday by two major national dailies, we have

no option than to once again alert the public on President Buhari's

new dictatorial plot to infringe on the constitutional rights of

Governor Fayose just because of his critical position on the

President's dictatorial tendencies.
“The question is; if Governor Fayose has become a threat to the

security of Nigeria just because he criticises President Buhari and

says the truth about his mis-governance of the country, is this  not a

confirmation that the President hates dissenting views?

“Section 35 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that;

“Every person shall be entitled to his personal liberty and no person

shall be deprived of such liberty,” while Section 41 (1) provides that

“Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout

Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria

shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereto or exit

therefrom.”
“Article 13 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which

Nigeria is a signatory provides that ‘Everyone has the right to

freedom of movement and residence within the border of each State’

while Article 13 (2) provides that ‘Everyone has the right to leave

any country, including his own, and return to his country,’ ditto

Article 12 (2) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

“President Buhari and his agents should also be mindful of the fact

that under a federal system of government, the states and national

government both enjoy some autonomy, with sovereign power formally

divided between the national government and the States such that each

State retains some degree of control over its internal affairs.

“Therefore, the President of Nigeria cannot lord himself over any

State governor and President Buhari and his agents should accept this

basic reality and stop behaving as if they own Nigeria in totality.

“President Buhari and his agents, especially his kinsman; Alhaji Lawal

Daura of the DSS need to purge themselves of this blood of

dictatorship running in their veins and be guided by the Constitution

of Nigeria.
“Even ordinary Nigerians do not require clearance from the DSS or any

security agency to travel outside Nigeria unless travel restriction is

placed by an order of the court, not to talk of State Governors that

enjoy immunity just like the President and are not under the control

of the President.
“The president and his agents should know that this is not 1984 when

General Buhari, as a military dictator prevented late Chief Obafemi

Awolowo from travelling outside Nigeria for medical treatment, thereby

leading to his (Awolowo) untimely death in 1987!
“They should also be reminded that the same way Buhari humiliated the

late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; late Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado

Bayero and late Obi of Onitsha, Ofala Akulalia Alphonsus Ogugua in

1984 by seizing their passports and restricting them to their palaces

just because they travelled to Israel for business, he cannot restrict

State governors from travelling outside Nigeria under whatever guise.

“I therefore wish to state on behalf of Governor Ayodele Fayose that

as an opposition figure, he cannot be cowed by this pettiness from the

presidency. Governor Fayose, by this press conference is daring

President Buhari and his anti-democratic agents to carry out this evil

and shameful plot and let us all see how far it will take them.

“Anytime Governor Fayose wishes to travel out of Nigeria, he will do

so in the full glare of the public and we await how he will be

prevented from exercising his rights as enshrined in the 1999

Constitution (as amended) as well as the Universal Declaration of

Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

“We also wish to inform the President and his DSS men that as they

were disgraced when they invaded Ekiti State House of Assembly,

arresting members of the House indiscriminately, they will be put to

shame this time too.
“Also, the National Assembly is being alerted of this new threat to

the Constitution of Nigeria by those who swore to protect it. Members

of the National Assembly should by now begin to imagine what will be

their fate if attempt is now being made to place travel restriction on

State Governors.
“It is our considered view that President Buhari should rather concern

himself with the growing insecurity in the country and charge the

security agencies, especially the DSS to perform their functions as

enshrined in the constitution instead of running after petty issues.

“The President should focus his attention on the economy of Nigeria

that is almost collapsing and stop using his position to oppress other

Nigerians. He should know that Nigerians are only interested in having

food on their tables, not the number of people their President hounds

into detention or oppress with his powers.”


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