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The Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of Babatunde Gbadamosi by State Agents is an Extended Plot to Silence Critics and Undermine Democracy

by on February 23, 2017
 
We condemn in strong term, the latest arrest and detention of Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, a Lagos based political activist and an outspoken critic of government of President Muhammadu Buhari, by men of the Department of State Security (DSS).
 
We call on the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to bring his reputation and professional exploits to bear as an eminent lawyer versed in human rights, and we urge him to quickly prevail on the DSS for the immediate release of Gbadamosi.
 
We wish to alert Nigerians and the international community that the latest arrest of Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, a known online and vocal critic of this government is part of a wider plot to silence opposition and crack down on critics of the federal government and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at the centre and in some states of the federation.
 
It is worrying that Nigeria is fast descending into a fascist state where opposition to government and criticisms of actions has become a sin against the ruling class. The high degree of intolerance is alarming and it has never been on this scale at anytime under a democratic dispensation since 1960.
 
We wish to place Nigerians on high alert that these latest onslaughts will not stop at Babatunde Gbadamosi. You would recall that one Mr. Audu Maikori was also recently picked up in a similar fashion and whisked away from Lagos to Abuja. It is a long list of crack down on critics of the ruling party to foist an autocratic rule on Nigeria and condemn the people to the terror of the state. The people of Nigeria are already down; but it is our duty as pro-democracy and human rights activists never to allow the people to sink.
 
Dear concerned Nigerians, we acted when this injury was committed against Maikori; we must act again in the case of Babatunde before this injury is extended to another person. An injury to one is an injury to all and the only way we can secure our freedom is to stand against the oppression of others. We must never give up our liberty and right to speak to oppression or succumb to fear or intimidation. We will overcome this dark phase in our democratic journey.
 
Signed 
Ariyo-Dare Atoye
Co-Convener
Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution 

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