Anti-graft war: Nigeria descending into authoritarianism – Ekweremadu

, by Laura Ikeji

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike
Ekweremadu, on Friday expressed fears that
Nigeria was fast descending into
authoritarianism with the current
administration’s disrespect for court rulings.
Ekweremadu also described the continued
detention of the National Publicity Secretary of
the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa
Metuh, as an attempt by the present
administration to gag the opposition.
He cautioned against the trampling of the
opposition and total disregard for the rule of law
in the guise of fighting corruption.
The Deputy Senate President said this in a
statement signed by his Special Adviser
(Media), Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja.
Ekweremadu, who was reacting specifically to
Metuh’s continued detention, reaffirmed the
PDP’s support for a genuine anti-graft crusade.
He, however, decried a situation where such a
crusade would become a calculated attempt to
decimate and silence the opposition, while
members of the ruling party with serious
corruption allegations against them would go
about their businesses.
He said, “An anti-graft trap that catches only
members of the opposition and those with axe
to grind with the government of the day is
He called on the nation to denounce and resist
the prevailing situation where people are held in
custody against the directives of the courts and
laws of the land, insisting that there would be
no justice without the rule of law.