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Nigeria’s elections: How Dogara reacted as Buhari threatens ballox box snatchers with ‘death’



The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s threat to those plotting to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections. 

Buhari while speaking during the caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had said: “Anybody who decides to snatch boxes or lead thugs to disturb the election, may be that would be the last unlawful action you would take. I have given the military and police the order to be ruthless. I am going to warn anybody who thinks he would lead a body of thugs in his locality to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system; he would do it at the expense of his/her own life.”

Reacting, Dogara said Buhari was calling for extra-judicial killings considering the fact that Nigeria’s constitution has made provisions to punish electoral offenders. 
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the Speaker said: “We categorically deny these false claims and unnecessary blackmail and regard the President’s statement as a call for extra-judicial killings considering the fact that there are adequate provisions in our laws to address electoral offenses.

“These statements clearly indicate that our democracy has become the victim of a full blown dictatorship, when one considers that a democratically elected President would give a directive that is in clear violation of the laws of the land which by his oath of office he is to 
defend and protect.

“Inview of this statement by the president, it is obvious that the military has been given a central role and coopted into the conduct of the election despite the fact that they have no constitutional role in our electoral process.

“It should be noted that our party chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, was the first to call for an inquiry into why the elections were postponed last Saturday. 
” In reality, we support a genuine and transparent probe into why the presidential and National Assembly elections could not hold. We also hope that the president’s inflammatory statement is not a threat aimed at intimidating the electoral commission.”


Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.