A former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima, has condemned the clampdown on some #EndSARS protesters.
The CBN had secured a court order, directing some banks to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a company linked to the #EndSARS protests on allegations of terrorism financing.
Modupe Odele, a member of the feminist coalition who offered legal aid to persons arrested during the demonstrations, had also said the Nigerian Immigration Service seized her passport.
Speaking when he featured on Arise TV on Monday, November 16, Galadima asked Buhari to order that the affected bank accounts be unfrozen.
Galadima described the move as unconstitutional, and reminded the president that Nigeria operates in a democracy, 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.”