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Atiku Reacts To Travel Ban: Buhari Repeating ‘Evil Decree 2’ Of 1984

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the travel ban placed on 50 prominent Nigerians by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement released by Atiku Media Office, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, condemned the restriction of 50 Nigerians and seizure of their assets without due judicial pronouncement.

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Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari announced in a statement on Saturday that some 50 persons have been barred from travelling out of the country, saying the move was to deprive them the benefits of depleting their alleged loot.

The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar who emerged the major challenger to Buhari for 2019, said the order, which he described as a vestige of Buhari’s brutal dictatorship from the 1980s, was capable of devastating the Nigerian economy, and could at worse plunge the most-populous black nation into anarchy.

He said: “We must be unequivocal in saying that we abhor any act of criminality, financially or otherwise, but the rule of law must be our guide at all times or society will descend to anarchy.

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“Thus, we find it most undemocratic that in a nation governed by the rule of law, a President who swore an oath to abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, does this.

“It is a throwback to Buhari’s evil Decree Number Two of 1984 which criminalised truth telling if it did not please Buhari, proving that dictators can grow old, but they can’t grow into democrats.

“Under the Buhari administration, Nigeria has witnessed an unprecedented capital flight out of the nation to the extent that we are not even listed amongst the top ten recipients of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa in the latest ranking by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. It is salient to note that we were number one under the last Peoples Democratic Party administration.”

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