Former Vice President and presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Atiku Abubakar, has written to ambassadors of United States (US), European Union (EU), France, Germany, as well as United Kingdom (UK) High Commissioner to Nigeria, intimating them of alleged constitutional breaches by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the January 27 letter, distributed to journalists, yesterday, Abubakar, said Buhari is consistently violating 1999 Constitution, as amended.
He listed Buhari’s alleged constitutional violations to include suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria ( CJN), Mr Walter Onnoghen, ‘illegal’ purchase of Tucano aircraft, constant disregard for court orders, $1 billion military expenditure without recourse to National Assembly; among others.
He said: “Mr Buhari is threatening our democracy by serially breaching provisions of our constitution and undermining organs and institutions of state. While the president has ironically taken the oath to safeguard and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the reality of his selective and wanton violations of its provisions means his oath is observed only in the breach.
“And… respect for the rule of law is integral to promoting and preserving values and principles of democracy. Sadly, however, by the actions of the government of Buhari, one is forced to think otherwise.
“As a presidential candidate in the forthcoming general election that will be conducted and supervised by the government of Buhari, I feel the urgent need to share with you some of these key violations of provisions of our constitution and to demand that you pile pressure on the federal government to desist from these violations and ensure a level playing field for the general election that are only a couple of weeks away.”
He recalled that Buhari had spurned several court orders to release detained former National Security Adviser, Mr Sambo Dasuki, leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Mr Ibraheem El-Zakzaky,
“Various courts have granted Dasuki bail on, at least, six different occasions (but) government has refused to comply with the court orders.