Imminent Collapse of Civil Rule in Nigeria, By Femi Falana

Posted on Dec 26 2014 - 2:07am by admin

The dreaded Boko Haram sect has persevered to unleash mayhem on defenceless civilians together with school kids within the north east area. in the last couple of months, the satanic society has annexed part of the territory of the Republic of Nigeria.

within the circumstance, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has requested each chambers of the nationwide meeting to ratify his choice to extend emergency rule in the war torn Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states according to part 305 of the structure. whereas the Senate has commenced deliberations on the request the home of Representatives has been violently restrained by using the Police from bearing in mind such matter of urgent nationwide value.’

with none justification whatsoever, the Speaker of the house, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, and his colleagues have been teargased by way of the Police and avoided from gaining access to the chambers of the national meeting ultimate Thursday. In a bid to enter the chambers some of the legislators risked their lives via jumping the fence. in the process, they exposed themselves and the nation to undeserved ridicule.

Consequent on the spoil down of law and order instigated through the Police the national Assemby complicated was closed down by way of the Senate President, general David Mark (rtd). for that reason, the house was averted from finishing up its legislative responsibilities opposite to the order of the Federal high court that the status quo ante bellum be maintained pending the decision of the go well with filed via Honourable Tambuwal over the removal of his safety aides.

even supposing the vast majority of the participants foiled the coup to remove the Speaker the triumph of democracy within the national assembly could also be brief lived. for the reason that ruling birthday party can not stable the endorsement of the desired two thirds majority to eliminate Speaker Tambuwal the house shall be factionalized whereas the minority can be given respectable recognition and safety safety below a new management.

In justifying the barbaric invasion of the nationwide meeting complex via safety forces the Inspector-normal of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, claimed that the police got intelligence report that hoodlums were going to break the legislation and order within the premises of the national assembly. To the detriment of democracy the safety forces decided to break the regulation when the hoodlums failed to turn up as organized!

In a reckless show of partisanship the Police ensured that the Deputy Speaker of the house, Honourable Ihediora and a few other legislators weren’t subjected to any type of harassment.
meanwhile, the Presidency and the Police have became round in charge the Speaker and his colleagues for assaulting security operatives who have been discharging their “lawful obligations” at the nationwide assembly advanced. in keeping with the Police, Tambuwal and a motley crowd of his supporters “broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process…”’

Evasion of due course of
The Police then warned “all political actors to respect constituted authority and due course of and desist from the use of thugs to pursue their agenda.”

As safety forces had been used ultimate week to disrupt the complaints of the national meeting President Jonathan was averted through a former militant , Mr. govt Tompolo from attending the flag-off ceremony of the $ 16 billion EPZ challenge in Warri, Delta State.

like the terrorists who’ve averted the President from journeying Chibok, the militants declared him a persona non grata and forced him to steer clear of Warri. As if that used to be no longer sufficient, the journalists who had assembled on the venue to file the experience have been kidnapped with the aid of a horde of armed goons. although the newshounds regained their freedom after six hours of horrific physical and psychological torture folks that committed the grave criminal offences of kidnapping and threatening to overawe the President of the Republic have not been arrested with the aid of the Nigeria Police force!

consequently, via sheer negligence and reputable impunity on the part of the Federal government the usa has transform a failed State where security forces are competing with criminal gangs in the wanton infringements of the civil liberties of law abiding voters. just like the terrorists who attack communities whereas sick-geared up soldiers vamoose, armed thugs are allowed to threaten the lifetime of the President of the Republic while the Police with none reaction from the Police.

however unlike terrorists who abduct school girls within the night time, militants kidnap journalists, attorneys and others during the day.

in contrast to coup plotters who overthrow professional governments at night time safety forces collude with anti-democratic forces in wide sunlight hours to cast off elected leaders of legislative houses. Having been enriched by using the State and allowed to obtain weapons with none license some ex-militants have set up armed gangs for the 2015 basic election.it’s common information that many politicians have also dependent illegal violent teams of unemployed youths and cultists. Of latest, there were bloody clashes between armed thugs in several parts of the usa.

actually, policemen hooked up to a few politicians have taken phase in such clashes which marred one of the vital congresses of the APC and the PDP. The Sheik Ahmed Lemu Panel set up through President Jonathan to inquire into the publish election violence which came about in Akwa Ibom State and a few northern states in April 2011 had really helpful that over 850 armed thugs and hoodlums be prosecuted for culpable homicide, arson and allied offences.

even if the recommendation was generic by using the Federal executive the individuals indicted within the report have not been prosecuted. In one in all his media chats closing yr, President Jonathan rightly condemned the militia invasion of Odi neighborhood in Bayelsa state in November 1999 with the aid of the Olusegun Obasanjo Administration.

quickly thereafter, Chief Obasanjo accused President Jonathan of coaching snipers to attack his political opponents. even if the serious allegation used to be denied by using the Presidency security forces at the moment are joined through hounded militants and different nihilist groups to harrass voters all over elections. it’s an understatement that the President of the Republic is being harassed and intimidated with weapons got below the pretext of executing multi-billion oil pipeline monitoring contracts by way of ex-militants!within the first and 2nd republics security forces and thugs have been used in the manipulation of elections and the violations of the rights of the Nigerian individuals. Such naked abuse of power through the Federal executive paved away for defense force interventions and the civil battle.

in the 0.33 republic, the militia dictators annulled a credible presidential election. The trouble that ensued terminated the pricey political transition programme and facilitated the return of a full-fledged defense force dictatorship with dire consequences.

then again, it is hoped that the continuing politicization of the protection forces, the unheard of wave of authentic corruption and the subversion of democratic institutions with the aid of the Federal govt will not lead to the eventual fall down of the fragile fourth Republic.

in spite of the threat of terrorist and other nihilist teams to balkanize the u . s . a . I strongly imagine that the rickety democratic course of can still be salvaged with the aid of the entire actual democratic forces who led the Nigerian folks to battle towards unending militia rule and who equally defeated the cabal that tried to make the most of President Umaru Yaradua’s ill-well being to snatch power from the then performing President, Dr. Jonathan.

As time is just not on our facet, the forces of democracy ought to return to the trenches now to halt the imposion of fascism on the nation via the Jonathan Administration.

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