Buba Galadima, erstwhile ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned the clampdown on some #EndSARS campaigners.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had obtained a court order, directing some banks to freeze the accounts of 19 persons and a company linked to the #EndSARS protests on allegations of terrorism financing.
Modupe Odele, a member of the feminist coalition who represented persons arrested during the protests, had also said the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) seized her passport.
But while speaking when he featured on Arise TV on Monday, Galadima asked Buhari to command that all affected bank accounts be unfrozen.
He define the move as unconstitutional, and also reminded the president that Nigeria is in a democracratic era, not in a military regime.
“What the government has done is not right. It has no such right or powers to block bonafide Nigerians from travelling out of the country or from accessing their (bank) accounts. Blocked for what? What have they done?” Galadima asked.
“These young men were peacefully protesting the actions, omissions or commissions of government. Why do you, after you persuaded them or after agents of government allegedly attacked or killed them, follow this draconian disposition of blocking their accounts? That is not constitutional.
“I’m sending this message to Mr President whether he knows or he doesn’t know, let him be shown what I am saying. His people have no right to do what they are doing.
“Please, they should desist and unblock the accounts of these young people and allow them to carry on with their normal activities as Nigerians. You cannot harass them. We are in a democracy; we are not in a military regime.”