A former lawmaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show more political will in dealing with the sponsors of Boko Haram insurgency to reduce senseless killings of innocent citizens in Nigeria.
Bamidele, a lawyer and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, appealed to Buhari not to sacrifice the rule of law in the prosecution of his anti-corruption war.
Delivering a lecture at the fifth annual Law Week of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Ado Ekiti branch yesterday, Bamidele said the federal government must come out boldly and deal decisively with those fingered as sponsors of Boko Haram in the North-East for the anti-terror war to be total.
The lawyer, whose lecture was entitled ‘Terrorism and Security Challenges to the Consolidation of the Gains of our Democracy: What Legal Implications and What Role for the Bar and Bench?’ said there was urgent need for the strengthening of the criminal justice system and law enforcement to give attention to preventive measures.
“Of paramount importance, however, is the protection of the right to life of potential victims of life threatening acts of terrorism like suicide bombing and the likes.
“Buhari must build capacity to be able to effectively prosecute and convict offenders at the planning or preparation stage, as well as convict persons that fund or aid them.
“In essence, focus should shift from prosecuting offenders involved in successful attacks or attempts to prosecuting offenders for planning attacks or making funds available.”
Commending President Buhari’s efforts at stamping out corruption in the system, Bamidele noted that “in cleaning the Aegean stable to pave way for economic growth and social progress, President Buhari must demonstrate the exemplary quality of a renewed democrat by ensuring that the rule of law and democratic norms do not become the sacrificial lamb in the ensuing anti-graft crusade.”
Bamidele appealed to Nigerian lawyers and civil society groups to continue to fight hard to protect fundamental human rights in the country, for Nigeria to be a real egalitarian society.
He appealed to Buhari to embrace devolution of power from the central government to states and local governments in a true federalist arrangement, for equitable distribution of resources between the federal government and the component state.
He urged the APC-led government to allow the development of free and independent media structure for democracy to thrive.

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