The national leader of the Nigeria’s main opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, has bemoaned that his private residence along Bouillon Road in Ikoyi, has been under surveillance by soldiers for three days.
Tinubu lamented that about 30 soldiers “battle-ready and helmet-wearing” riding in three patrol vans and an army truck have been stationed close to the entrance of the gate to Tinubu’s house.
In a comment released by his media office Tinubu claimed that the soldiers were first noticed on Sunday a few minutes to 11pm in an army truck and were positioned about 500 meters away from his entrance.
“Later they moved close to his gate as if making efforts to enter. The stern looking soldiers were around for hours on Sunday and returned on Monday to continue their surveillance. Monday night about 10.45pm, they returned to the residence in two army vans and were there throughout the night. Some of the soldiers discharged from the van and walked back and forth in front of the house and around the house in what is clearly some casing effort,” Tinubu said.
“This morning, Tuesday, two vans from the army were stationed on both sides of the house along Bourdillon road their missions shrouded in secrecy.”
APC national leader has responded to the presence of soldiers, saying that he will not be scared by this “show of strength, intimidation and possible harassment.”
“I remain resolute in my advocacy and support for the rule of law. Jonathan’s government has through the service chiefs staged a coup against Nigerians and the Constitution and now wants to silence his critics. I will not be muzzled through the barrel of the gun. The guns and bullets they should use to defeat Boko Haram are now being turned against the opposition and innocent Nigerians,” he said.
Tinubu said that he stays definitely firm and dedicated to the path of change in Nigeria and the saving manifesto of the APC.
“The exact mission of the soldiers is not known but it fits clearly into a new pattern of intimidation of leaders of the APC and the opposition,” he added.
“As the scaremongering by the army continues, Nigerians must come to the realization that the military has abandoned its statutory role and have now being dragged into partisan politics. Nigerians and the South West should hold the Jonathan led Military responsible if any harm or danger comes to Tinubu and his family. The case of the “Unknown Soldier” is too recent in our memory,” said the statement.
The former Lagos governor and currently the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in the Northern Niger State of Nigeria has recently criticized the idea of postponement of elections.
Recall, Independent National Electoral Commission changed the date of presidential poll to March 28.