The presidential flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the travel ban placed on 50 Nigerians through the Executive Order 6.
Abubakar believes the action negates the Constitution which President Buhari swore to protect when he took the oath of office in 2015 and could also throw the country into anarchy.
He said this through a statement issued by his campaign organisation on Sunday.
It further stated that that constitutional right cannot be taken away except by a court order.
Atiku also took a swipe at the Federal Government for allegedly including the name of the late former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike, on the travel ban list.
The statement read, “To show how clueless this administration is, it included late former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike as number 30 on its travel ban list, the question Nigerians should ask is this: can an administration that is unable to distinguish between the living and the dead bring life to Nigeria’s economy?”.
The Federal Government has, however, denied issuing any list. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, spoke about the issue on Sunday during his appearance on Channels Television.
Shehu had announced the decision of the Federal Government in a statement on Saturday, one day after a Federal High Court in Abuja upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order 6.
The order, among other things, allows for the interim seizure of assets linked to investigation, ongoing criminal trials, and other related offences.