Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s order banning 50 high-profile Nigerians from travelling out of the country.
The president’s order was conveyed in a Saturday statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, the ban is on Nigerians who are under scrutiny as regards corruption investigations and litigation.
The people on the list were not revealed in the statement and the order by the President is in line with Executive Order Number 6 which seeks to ensure “that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter.”
But reacting, Fani-Kayode described the travel ban as “shameful and condemnable”.
He said, “The banning of 50 prominent Nigerians from travelling out of the country by Buhari’s Executive Order and the power to confiscate their assets even though they have not been empowered to do so by a court of law or convicted of any offence is utterly shameful and condemnable.
“It is nothing less than a descent into fascism and a violation of the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of the individuals that have been directly affected and the Nigerian people. It is also a usurpation of the role of the Judiciary.
“Buhari is so desperate to remain in power that he has now resorted to attempting to muscle and intimidate the opposition.He forgets that he is not God and that he will soon leave power.I condemn his lawless and desperate ways in the strongest terms.
“Only dictators behave in this way and Buhari has proved to be the most brutal and callous of them all in the history of our nation. I challenge him to do his worse and enjoy the short time that he has left in office. Sadists never last. Soon it will all be over and he will account for his evil ways and brought to justice.”