A group under the aegis of Civil Right Advocacy Group [CRAG] has roundly condemned what it described as inhuman treatment Nigerians are subjected to at campaign rallies around the country, particularly the All Progressives Congress rally in Jigawa State recently.
The rally witnessed a mammoth crowd who were largely transported from Kano State and other neighboring States in a most horrible and dehumanizing condition that best befits animals has been called to question by the group who queried where lies respect to human life in such stampeded arena.
In a statement signed by its National co-ordinator, Salisu Talba in Abuja yesterday, took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Kano for renting victims of Boko Haram, internally displaced persons and people from neighbouring States in a bid to shore-up support for the party.
He said “the psychological exploitation of victims of the heinous Boko Haram crisis is unfortunate, unimaginable and unacceptable in any democratic set up, particularly renting of internally displaced persons in the politics of crowd pulling at rallies. It therefore suggests that the APC presidential candidate has taken his desperation beyond the norms of morality and common sense which to many is worse than the Baga genocide by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the North East.
“Any form of government, be it military or democratic that has no sense of respect for human dignity and rights of the human person, should not only be discarded, buts its proponents should be sanctioned by Nigerians, members of the international community that have come to observe as election rigging begins even before the election day.”
According to him, “It is derogatory, animalistic and barbaric that the call for change is not a return to the medieval period where the mighty derived pleasure in taking his fellow mortals through unholy labour just to massage their ego and pride in the society.”
The group also expressed belief that the timely intervention of foreign observers who have already arrived the country would go a long way to saving vulnerable children and women from the shackles of modern day slavery in Nigeria being occasioned by the mad-rush by desperate actors to undo their opponents in the forth-coming general elections, the statement added.
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