Former Ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Congress, Buba Galadima, has condemned the freezing of #EndSARS protesters and promoters’ account by the federal government stating that the act was a breach of constitutional rights.
An exparte order was obtained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to freeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS promoters.
The court order, which was addressed to the head offices of Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank of Africa, and Zenith Bank, directed the banks to freeze all transactions on the 20 accounts on the list annexed to the CBN’s application as Exhibit A and all other bank accounts of the defendants/respondents for a period of 180 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Reacting to the directive, Galadima in his interview with AriseTV on Monday, says the government had no constitutional right to usher in these actions.
“What the government is doing is not right. They have no such power to block their accounts. Blocked for what? What have they done? These young men were only peacefully protesting the actions, acts, omissions, or commission of the government. Why do you now attack and have agents kill them? Áfter persuading them, why do you now follow them with this draconian disposition of blocking their account? That is not constitutional.
“The government should please—and I’m sending this message to the president, whether he knows or doesn’t know, his people had no right to do what they are doing— desist from blocking the account of these young individuals, and allow them to carry on with their activities as Nigerians. You cannot harass them; we are in a democracy, and not in a military regime.
Commenting on other suppressing acts by the government, Galadima condemns the arrests, killings, and travel bans asking the president to implement protesters’ demands.
“Everything must be placed on the table. Those in authority are our own servants and not our masters. They should take a cue from what we’ve told them to do, that is why we voted for them. They cannot lord over Nigerians.”