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Nigerian Politicians Fear Western Sanctions More Than Local Laws, Says Senator Sani

File picture of Senator Shehu Sani.


A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Shehu Sani on Sunday mentioned Nigerian politicians worry western sanctions greater than the native legal guidelines.

He acknowledged this throughout an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on the heels of the go to of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

“If you look at the mentality, thinking or psychology of Nigerian political class, they fear that (foreign sanctions) more than the laws of the land because they believe that as long as you belong to the circle of power, you can do anything and get away with it,” Sani mentioned.

“We have had cases of people engaging in all sorts of violence during elections, as long as they are on the side of power, they go scout free.”

Sani’s remark got here a couple of days after Blinken had throughout his two-day official go to to Nigeria mentioned the report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for the Victims of #EndSARS protest was crucial and the United States was awaiting the actions which might be taken afterward.

And in accordance to Shehu, Blinken’s message to the nation may be very clear because the United States has the duty to intervene as soon as a authorities makes use of safety businesses to oppress its residents.

While noting earlier killings witnessed in different elements of the nation, the PDP chieftain defined that what made the #EndSARS incident distinctive is that the protesters got here out peacefully, elevating the nationwide flag.

Shehu added, “What made this very distinct is the fact that ordinary citizens of this country came out and there was the application of force to suppress that protest.

“There were a lot of controversies whether actually there was a massacre or not. But the report that came out from that panel clearly stated that massacre took place.”

The Lagos Panel had on November 15 concluded that the Nigerian Army shot and killed unarmed protesters on the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.

Shortly after, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu arrange a four-member committee led by Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to boost a White Paper on the reviews submitted by the panel.

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