President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to jet out of Abuja on Monday to honour the investiture ceremony of Mahamat Idriss Deby in Chad.
Naija News understands that Deby who succeeded his late father will be sworn in as President of the Transitional Team for two years.
Ahead of the inauguration scheduled to hold at the African country’s capital, N’Djamena, President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the event will further accentuate negotiations on a peaceful return to the democratic process.
Buhari is, however, expected to return to the country immediately after the ceremony.
Recall that former President Deby died of gunshot injuries in April 2021 after he was hit while fighting rebels in the north.
The ex-military officer had just won a sixth term after the provisional election results were declared when the incident happened.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Sunday reacted to the police attack on supporters of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi in Ebonyi state.
Naija News reports that supporters of the LP flag bearer were tear-gassed by police officers during a peaceful rally in September.
The assault was allegedly carried out due to a directive from the governor of the state, Dave Umahi.
However, the state government denied issuing the order. Reacting to the attack via a statement on Sunday, by the group’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP urged President Buhari and state governors to, at all times welcome freedom of expression, assembly, and equal participation during campaigns.
The organization advised Buhari to publicly instruct the police to protect the right of every Nigerian who takes part in the political process.
The group vowed to monitor how authorities protect fundamental rights ahead of the 2023 elections.
Oluwadare said respecting the rights of everyone to speak and gather would ensure that citizens can effectively contribute to the country’s democracy.
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