FEATURE ARTICLE

Monday, January 2, 2023
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THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION IS A DISGRACE TO THE RULE OF LAW

nly an evil genius can conceive of a government which panders to terrorists, rewards bandits and refuses to publish the names of those who are sponsoring terrorism and at the same time, uses to law to prosecute a leader of a group which is against the injustices and evil the government condones.

In Buhari and the APC government, Nigeria has an insensitive government, with sectarian agenda, without moral compass and sense of justice as fairness.

A government which is single minded in pursuing sectarian interest of the ethnic group and religion of the president.

For several years now, El Rufai has presided over the ethnic cleansing of indigenous populations southern Kaduna for the only reasons that they are Christians.

The Nigerian army has been turned into a military that pursues the sectarian interests and objectives of the president.

This has made it possible for bandits to operate freely even though Clerics like Gumi and the military know their camps.

The audacity and arrogance of those behind this decay and evil they represent is showcased in the ceremony in Zamfara state, where the head of bandits was turbaned.

This is a criminal, who is well known to be behind several kidnappings and killings by the government.

In a normal country, the government would be investing resources to bring such an individual to justice and remove him from civil society.

But the duplicitous Nigerian government claims the criminal is wanted, while at the same thing honours him. This is worse than despicable. It is evil made visible.

It simply demonstrates that the government does not care about the rule of law, has no moral compass and does not care about the victims of the evil, which the criminals the government protects, perpetrate. Nigeria under Buhari is beyond comparison.

I do not know how it will end, but one thing I know is that the triumph of evil over good is only for a time.

In the end, even though it may take long, good will triumph over evil. Someday, I hope it won’t be long, Nigeria will have a government which would see its responsibility as including ensuring justice, punishing criminals, protecting the lives and properties of the citizens and putting bandits in prison instead of honouring them.

I keep thinking, the whitest Nigerian politician of the Obasanjo generation cannot compare with the dirtiest laundry of civilised societies and a ‘Nigerian political saint’ cannot make it pass purgatory.

The refusal of the federal government of Nigeria to obey court judgment in case against the leader of the IPOB, is yet another example of the contempt which the Buhari administration has for the rule of law.

Since 2015 Nigeria has had a government which has no respect for the rule law. A government which sees what it wants as the law. A government which has failed to make the necessary investment towards a rule based order which is the foundation of civil societies.

All these are evidence that Nigeria has been a de facto dictatorship. A country under the rule of men.

For several years, the federal government continued to detain Sowore and Dasuki, long after the court had ordered for them to be released. This demonstrated that in Nigeria, the rule of law is impotent and what operates is the will of men.

Buhari has made Justice a favour granted at the pleasure of the president. This is the sad tragedy of the state of Nigeria, under Rtd Major General Mohammadu Buhari.

After ignoring court decisions and ridding roughshod over many court orders for several years for Dasuki and months for Sowore, the president suddenly ordered their release from illegal detention. Not because the court said so, but because the president who have ignored court decisions, is feeling international pressure and decided it was time to release them.

One would have expected that Buhari and malami learned anything. Now the same scenario is playing out in the case of Nnamdi Kanu. The government has refused to obey court order and is going back to the same court to file new trump up chargers. It is like taking the ball to the field to score a goal after the match has ended and one has lost.

This is as bizarre as it is shameless. It is ununderstandable and makes no sense whatsoever. Unless of course, one happens to be either Buhari or Malami.

Nigerians should ponder the implications of such a society and why what the president thinks, wishes or wants should be over and above the rule of law.

Nigerians should reflect on the meaning of a legal system, which operates at the whims, caprices and discretions of the president.

The president have openly voiced his dislike of the slow wheel of justice system. Instead of trying to make it faster and fairer, he has decided to ignore it altogether and make nonsense of its powers.

The result is that today in Nigeria, many innocent people like members of IPOB, are languishing in prisons. Not because they have been found guilty of any crime, but because the President, Rtd Major General Mohammad Buhari wants then locked up.

This does not suggest a country under the rule of law, but one under the rule of men. This is a full-blown dictatorship.

Many people who have served in public offices in Nigeria have proved to be nothing, but a bunch of common crooks, who hide behind their tribe and religion to abuse their offices to loot the treasury and ride roughshod over the law.

Their conduct and behaviour fall well below the minimum expected from people in public offices. If not how can one explain the behaviour of malami the attorney general and a senior advocate of Nigeria and the Yemi Osibanjo Vice President of Nigeria and a professor of law in the face of travesty.

The Buhari government is contemptuous of the law. The government does not care that Nigeria is deviating from being a democracy under the rule of law, where no body is above the law to a dictatorship, where the word of the president is law.

In Nigeria under Buhari, police, army judiciary and all institutions do not have the independence to carry out their statutory functions within the frame work of the rule of law.

They are under constant executive interference as we have witnessed in the several cases of people who are still in detention several months and years after courts have ordered their release.

I want a Nigeria, where the government will respect court orders. A country where what the president thinks and wants, are not above the constitution and the law. A country where justice is blind to religion and ethnicity. A country where the rich and powerful will fear the poor and weak because of the law.

What is evolving in Nigeria under Buhar is a dystopic dictatorship, where the president is above the law and his wishes the law. It is wrong, it is scary, it is madness. This is simply a tragedy that is unacceptable. Nigerians must rise up to fight for a rule based society.

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