By Chinyere Amalu
ABUJA â€” The National Association of Nigerian Youth Leaders, NANYL, has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) to halt the prosecution of the former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, saying his arrest was politically motivated.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on the arrest of Bafarawa, leader of NANYL, Mallam Mohammed Tahir and Mr Ikechukwu Obinna, said if the nationâ€™s democracy must be safeguarded, the anti-graft body must halt the former governor’s prosecution.
The group said it is irked by what it calledÂ â€œdeliberate attempt by government to root out opposition in the countryâ€, as events which trailed Bafarawaâ€™s arrest and prosecution was designed to achieve political gains.
NANYL, however, frowned at what it said was the usage of the EFCC to get at political opponents, stressing that if this continued the nation would be heading back to the days of draconian rule.
â€œIt is unfortunate that the Governor Aliyu Wammako administration since inception never deemed it right to prosecute Bafarawa until he, Buhari, Atiku and other well-meaning Nigerians started talk on the mega-party project.
â€œWe view his arrest and subsequent prosecution as one deliberately hatched to cut short any threat to the opposition especially as it concerns the 2011 general polls.”