Former Governor Sani Yerima’s Full Statement to the Police After His Arrest in Kaduna
The former governor of Zamfara state was arrested and detained in Kaduna State by the police yesterday for four hours following his guest appearance on a two-hour Hausa radio programme entitled “Hannu Da Yawa” on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).
He was reportedly quizzed for about four hours over some comments he made on the phone-in programme
We stumbled on the serving Senator’s statement to the Police as obtained by Newsdiaryonline.com and reproduced below:
“My name is Senator Ahmad Sani ,former Governor of Zanfara state, Nigerian and now Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Federal Radio Corporation (FRCN)Kaduna invited me for a phone- in programme which took place today, 9th of March 2013 at 10:00am and ended at 12:00PM. During the phone-in programme ,I was asked if there is any move not to register our new party APC, what can we do? And my response was that if we met all legal requirements and INEC refused to register us, we shall embark on a peaceful protest to INEC, until we are registered.
Then the moderator asked me on what I meant by peaceful protest? Then I responded by saying just like it happened in Egypt. We can go to Eagle Square together with General Mohammad Buhari , Asiuaju (sic) Bola Tinubu , Sardaunan Kano Alh Ibrahim Shekaau (sic)and others to mobilize people without using any weapon for a peaceful protest until our party is registered.
1.The police asked me, assuming our peaceful protest is not yielding desired result, what do we do next? And my answer to this question is that ,we are practicing democracy. If the president of Egypt can yield to the pressure of his people in a peacefull protest, I am sure that with the integrity of Prof. Jega that I know personally, he will yield to the people’s pressure and make sure the party is registered so long as we meet all the legal requirements.
2.The police further asked that ,knowing the security situation in Kaduna and that been a PDP state, don’t I think that some people may read meaning to it or may try to make mischief? My answer to this question is that, we are talking of registration of a political party and the process has not even been completed and there is no attempt by INEC because we have not even completed and there is no attempt by INEC because have not even applied for registration .We only notified them of our desire to form a new party, APC. In addition to this,the peaceful protest mentioned is only when INEC refused to register APC after meeting all the legal requirement. I will not see basis for any mischief.
“However ,I am also surprise(sic) to be invited by the police because the programme was carried live and as a former Governor and Chief Security Officer of Zamfara state at that time, a Distinguish Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,I will never call for violence,never participate in violence and never support violence in Nigeria my dear country. For eight (8)years I served in Zamfara state as a Governor, even with the implementation of Sharia, there was never violence between Muslims and Christians because of my firm belief in peaceful coexistence. Whoever called the CP from Abuja is the one trying to be mischievous and causing crisis in Nigeria.”
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