By: Valentine Adese and Emmanuel James,
The Plateau State chapter of Action Democratic Party (ADP) Chairman, Chief Nanyah Daman, has strongly condemned the recent televised national broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari and has insisted that it was more an attempt to intimidate the opposition political parties in the country to submission to the All Progressives Party (APC).
The ADP Chairman in a press release made available to REALITY through of Email Box, said, "no to intimidation of dissenting voices" and opposition in Nigeria.”
According to the press release, the reaction and condemnation was made in Jos the Plateau State capital at the State Secretariat of the ADP by the Chairman, Chief Amb. Nanyah Andrew Daman (JP) recently in a media chat with Journalists.
Daman viewed the speech of the President and Commander-in-Chief, as a coup-like-speech, aimed at scaring the opposition into silence, to further plunge the country into a dungeon of lack, want, suffering and hardships.
Also reaction on the issue of the unity of Nigeria, as a settled matter and non negotiable, the Plateau State ADP Chairman said it could be the position of an APC President and not a Nigerian President, as the President seems to be out of tune with the aspirations and yearnings of majority of Nigerians.
Daman exploded that::
“It is wrong for the president to foreclose restructuring, as Middle Beltants are demanding for a Middle Belt Republic, the Icons are demanding for a Biafran Republic, the South- South are demanding for Ijaw Republic, the Yorubas are demanding for an Oduduwa Republic, while the Hausas and the Fulanis are demanding for Arewa Republic in which power would not be devolved and nepotism would be the order of the day.”
The Plateau State ADP Chairman frowned at the statement further accredited to the Nigerian Army to monitor hate speeches related to security and described it as misplacement of priority since the Army is only responsible for the protection of the sovereignty of the nation and not checking the manner and flow of information since there is the freedom of information Act.
The Chairman said that the APC Government is not in a position to define what hate or agitation speeches are, as it might be an instrument to harass and intimidation the opposition.
“The APC has no moral standing to talk about hate speeches since, the President, his daughter and APC supporters are guilty of hate speeches daily and rode on the back of hate speeches to get to power in 2015, still sustaining it through the Arewa Youths groups without remorse and conviction.”