President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised that his administration will ensure that all cases of political assassination, intimidation and kidnappings in the country are thoroughly investigated.
This, he said, would be done with a view to ensuring that the perpetrators are speedily brought to justice, irrespective of their political affiliation.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as making the promise while addressing state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, who visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari was said to have told the APC chiefs that he remains committed to providing a level playing field for all Nigerians to get on with their daily lives or participate in electing their leaders without fear of intimidation.
Buhari also promised that his administration would continuously strengthen Nigeria’s criminal justice system to curb the reign of injustice and impunity in the country.
The President said, “At every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if our democratic system is to survive. “Injustice cannot survive for long. Justice will ultimately prevail. We will make sure that those saddled with the responsibility of ensuring justice and equity do not rest on their oars.
“The only way we can sustain our democracy is to ensure that the law remains supreme at all times. If the law is upheld, people will have confidence that they can vote for who they want to vote for, without intimidation or threats.
“People must have protection to exercise their rights freely or we could be headed for anarchy.
“The police and the judiciary must ensure that justice is done in the country. We won’t allow impunity to continue in certain states, where the rights of the people are being violated.
“I have a personal commitment to fair play and respect of personal rights. This government will do all that is possible to enforce that.”
While recalling his address to the National Executive Council of the APC on Friday, Buhari said now that the APC is the party in government, it must lead by example and consolidate on the gains of democratic system.
The President urged the APC State Chairmen and other political leaders in the country to keep to prescribed legal processes for the resolution of political disputes and never resort to violence, criminality and other forms of unacceptable behaviour in seeking redress for any perceived injustice.
He also called on the state chairmen to work with the party’s elected officials to ensure that the APC delivers on its promise of better living conditions for all Nigerians.
The leader of the delegation and Chairman of the APC in Kano State, Umar Dogowa, said the APC State Chairmen were on a visit to the Presidential Villa to reaffirm their support for Buhari and his administration .
Dogowa assured the President that the state chairmen would uphold the values of the party, promote peace and unity in the country, and also ensure that APC elected members live to fulfill their promises to Nigerians.
Some of the APC state chairmen in states controlled by other parties complained to Buhari of political intimidation and harassment in their states.
Dogowa later told State House correspondents that the state APC chairmen were in the Presidential Villa to congratulate the President on his election and thank him for what he has been doing for the country and the APC since he was inaugurated on May 29.
He said the President promised them that he would continue to be a true party man and that he would not rest on his oars until Nigeria is back on track.
He said the era of impunity had gone with the last administration, saying everybody is now obeying the rule.
The APC chief added that the country is now programmed for greatness.
He said the leadership crisis in the National Assembly was over.