By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
There have been uproar from various quarters after it was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, that travel ban was placed on no fewer than 50 eminent Nigerians following the instant judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6.)
The protests are from the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and several otger influential Nigerians, notably among whom is former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.
Accordingly, the President mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said “To this end, a number of enforcement procedures are currently in place by which the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security agencies have placed no fewer than 50 high profile persons directly affected by EO6 on watch-list and restricted them from leaving the county pending the determination of their cases”
Shehu also noted that the ” financial transactions of these persons of interest are being monitored by the relevant agencies to ensure that the assets are not dissipated and such persons do not interfere with, nor howsoever corrupt the investigation and litigation processes.”
The statement stated that “it is instructive to note that EO6 was specifically directed to relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter.
The Buhari administration reassures all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians of its commitment to the fight against corruption, in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the general principles of the Rule of Law, it said.
Accordingly, this administration will uphold the rule of law in all its actions and the right of citizens would be protected as guaranteed by the Constitution, according to the statement.
It added: “We, therefore, enjoin all Nigerians to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities towards ensuring a successful implementation of the Executive Order 6 which is a paradigm-changing policy of the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.”
While PDP described the move as a clampdown on opposition in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Chief Fani-Kayode said it is a deliberate departure from democracy to racism.