the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has challenged
the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to make public the names
of the Nigerians abroad and the foreign collaborators allegedly
sponsoring the #RevolutionNow protest.
Frank, who warned against blackmailing innocent Nigerians abroad by the
DSS, said the security agency should not allow itself to be used by the
ruling APC against some perceived political enemies.
Reacting through a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on
Monday, to the claim by the DSS that some people abroad were behind the
protest, Frank challenged the secret police to make its finding public
or stop discrediting Nigerians.
Frank said: “I challenge the DSS to bring out proof that some people
abroad are sponsoring Omoyele Sowore’s #RevolutionNow protest. The
current development has simply shown that the APC government is not used
to democratic system of governance hence the fear it continues to create
in the mind of Nigerians.”
Frank warned the operatives who are currently intimidating and arresting
their fellow Nigerians to learn from the case of former National
Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, who had power to arrest anybody then but
now under perpetual detention.
“The DSS authorities should stay off politics and stop blackmailing
innocent Nigerians for demanding for their rights.”
Frank described as a ‘lazy’ thinking for anybody to conjure that the
Sowore-led group is planning to overthrow the current government.
He said: “If there is anybody breaking the laws of the Federation by
their actions it is the present administration and its officials who
have no respect for the rule of law nor obey simple court orders.
“Where is the DSS’s intelligence that shows that some people are
sponsoring the group? If the DSS is so sure of its assertions and not
playing the script of the APC’s administration, the secret police should
make public the names of the alleged sponsors.
“Nigerians and the whole world now know clearly that the current panic
stricken administration is not tolerant and it has just scored own goal
by arresting a leader of a civil group demanding good governance without
violence or any dangerous weapon.”
“The current insecurity, hunger, parlous economy, unmitigated
unemployment and disregard for the rule of law under this government has
worsen to the extent that Nigerians would not need anybody to pay them
before they come out on the streets to protest against bad governance
being perpetuated by the APC.
“What happened in 2014 was not up to this level before Nigerians came
out enmass under former President Goodluck Jonathan and the then
administration didn’t accuse or arrest anybody. The General Muhammadu
Buhari-led APC should learn to be tolerant,” Frank stated.