Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

"Watergate" in Nigeria?

If only the system of rule of law had a better reputation in Nigeria.

Nigerian opposition APC condemns Lagos office raid
Nigeria's main opposition party has condemned a… raid of its Lagos offices by state security agents.

"We call for an independent commission of inquiry to ascertain the reasons why armed officers raided our office," the All Progressive Congress (APC) deputy chairman Lawal Shuaibu told the BBC.

The party said computers were destroyed and documents seized during the raid.

The State Security Service said it was investigating alleged cloning of voter cards, ahead of elections in February…

[T]he APC said the incident was "another one in the string of attacks and illegal actions of the administration"…

APC spokesman Lai Mohammed compared the raid to the Watergate scandal in the United States, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

"Just like the Watergate scandal in the USA, the state-sponsored security operatives apparently acting at the behest of the ruling PDP [People's Democratic Party] government turned the office upside down, and pulled out and vandalised everything in sight," he told the AFP news agency…

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