Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has condemned the arrest of Salisu Tanko-Yakassai, a former Special Adviser on Media to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who was arrested by the Department of State Services shortly after criticising President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress APC, on Twitter.
Falana said this in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘Asking Buhari to Resign is Not An Offence.’
The senior advocate said retired military officers and political party leaders have repeatedly asked Buhari to call it quits due to insecurity in the country and there was no justification for the arrest and detention of Yakassai.
He noted that in the National Assembly, there had been calls by legislators for Buhari’s resignation or impeachment on the grounds that criminal gangs have taken over the monopoly of violence in the country.
Falana said, since such concerned citizens were never arrested, the harassment of Yakassai is high handed, discriminatory and illegal.
The statement read in part, “It is on record that the APC and its leaders including General Buhari; National Leader, Bola Tinubu; Malam Nasir El-rufai and Alhaji Lai Mohammed repeatedly called for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s resignation between 2013 and 2014 yet they were never subjected to any form of intimidation for exercising their freedom of expression at the material time.