The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) is shocked and condemns in strong terms the inciting, irresponsible, barbaric, unparliamentary and threats to national peace and security statements credited to Senator Buruji Kashamu over his indictment for drug related offences by the US appeal court and the order for his extradition to face trial.
According to a report in a national daily published today 30th January, 2017, Senator Buruji Kashamu was quoted as warning that “Before anybody could succeed to extradite him to the US to face trial for drug related offence, “about three, four or five people will die”. (The Punch, January, 30th, 2017).
He also vowed that any attempt to “abduct” extradite him would be met with violence, saying he planned to engage the services of members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) for protection.
We regard these provocative and unbecoming comments of Senator Buruji Kashamu as denigrating to his office as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an attempt to intimidate the law enforcement agencies from the discharge of their constitutional duties as well as an assault on the constitution which must be condemned and resisted.
If Senator Buruji Kashamu who is a member of our highest law making institution, the Senate feels strongly about a judgement of the court whether in Nigeria or any part of the world, one would have expected him, as a custodian of the legitimate mandate of the Nigerian people to be civil, responsible and sensitive to explore civilized means of seeking redress rather than threatening public peace by threats of violence.
Therefore, we are calling on the leadership of the Senate to immediately summon Senator Buruji Kashamu to appear before its appropriate committee for acts unbecoming of a Senator and for bringing the image of the house to public opprobrium.
We are equally calling for the immediate arrest and questioning of Senator Buruji Kashamu for his unparliamentary, inciting and violence threatening comments which has the potentials to undermine public safety and national security.
A stitch in time, they say, saves nine.
Nelson Ekujimi, the Executive Chairman of The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), wrote this piece from Lagos.