IT IS glaring that the country is
fast sliding into anarchy in view
of the lawlessness and impunity
being perpetuated by the current
All Progressives Congress,
APC government under Muhammadu
Buhari. In fact, the manner
at which the laws of the land are
being flaunted is worrisome and
disturbing.
Nigerians are gradually coming
to a stalk reality with the Buhari
led government. Even before he
was sworn-in, many had predicted
that his government will turn
out to be the worst in the history
of the country.
The raiding of the houses of
some judges by officials of the
State Security Service in Abuja,
Port Harcourt and Enugu is still
reverberating months after the
ugly incident occurred.
The incident came to the fore
once again when the High Court
in the Federal Capital Territory
discharged Judge Adeniyi Ademola,
his wife, Olabowale, as well
as Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe
Agi, a judge of the Federal High
Court in Abuja of all 18-count
charges of fraud brought against
the trio.
They were accused of fraudulent
diversion of huge sums,
ranging from local and foreign
currencies, possession of firearms
and involvement in illegal collection
of gratification.
Delivering the judgement on
the application for ‘no case submission’,
Justice Jude Okeke who
presided over the matter, said the
prosecution failed to prove its
allegation before the court with
facts, hence the court would not
rely on speculations. The judge
said his observation of the matter
proves that the case was built on
“high level suspicion and speculation”
fuelled by the very important
fight against corruption.
Interestingly, the National Judicial
Council, NJC, has recalled the
six suspended judges. The NJC,
which is headed by the Chief Justice
of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter
Onnoghen, took a decision to
recall the embattled judges at the
end of its 82nd meeting held on
May 31, 2017.
Under Buhari’s government,
the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC and
the SSS have clearly shown that
they are not only a willing tools
in the hands of the executives,

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but are ready to do any shady deal
willy-nilly it conforms with their
constitutional provisions.
To start with, Nigeria as an independent
country, practices a constitutional
democracy. By virtue
of this, it attaches so much on the
rule of law and constitutionality.
Of course, Buhari swore an oath to
abide by these rules in toto, but sadly,
his government has been flaunting
and disobeying court orders
with immunity. For instance, the
case of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
and Sambo Dasuki readily comes to
mind. They have been refused bail
despite the fact that they have been
granted bail by the court.
In the same vein, the Economic
Community of West Africa States,
ECOWAS Court ordered the immediate
release of former National
Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo
Dasuki from detention, where he
has been kept since December 2015.
The regional court held that the
detention of Dasuki violated both
national and international laws on
the right of persons and citizens to
freedom of liberty.
In a judgement by the court and
delivered by Justice Friday Chijioke
Nwoke, the ECOWAS court imposed
a fine of N15,000,000 against
the federal government as compensatory
damages to the former NSA
for the deprivation of his freedom
to liberty and the deprivation of his
properties.
Similarly, the Catholic Bishops
Conference of Nigeria has added
its voice by condemning the arrests
of the judges, saying Nigeria is not
a banana republic. The President
of CBCN and Catholic Archbishop

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of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama,
stated that the
rule of law must be
followed, especially
while dealing with
cases concerning
corruption.
“We have been
very clear with the
President in our
various meetings
that the rule of law
must be upheld and
there should be no
sentiments in the application
of the rule
of law. We are not in
a system of government
where people
are just fished out
for selfish or political
interest.
“I condemn anything
that has no legal backing. We
are not just a banana republic; we
are a serious nation populated by
millions of people and we should
measure up to international standard.
We should be seen to follow
due process. We wouldn’t like arbitrariness”
Kaigama asserted.
Again, the founder of the Oodua
People’s Congress, Dr. Frederick
Fasehun, was of the views that
the crackdown on judges has vindicated
his stance that President
Muhammadu Buhari is not a converted
democrat as claimed during
the 2015 election campaign.
He maintains that “Buhari has the
trappings of an unrepentant dictator.”
Fasehun said he was worried
that security operatives have not
been following due process in their
fight against corruption. He said although
he subscribed to the current
war against corruption, the invasion
of the judges’ homes was a “gross
and blatant violation of rule of law,
the Nigerian constitution and common
sense.”
He said it was unfortunate that
President Buhari represented “the
worst threat to our nation’s democracy.”
The OPC leader, therefore,
asked the president to caution the
Director-General of the Department
of State Services, Mr. Lawal Daura.
There are no misgivings that the
country is more divided under the
APC’s government. The actions and
inactions of the current government
is constituting serious threat to Nigeria’s
democracy. Even the call by
eminent Nigerians to restructure
the country so as to address some

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palpable unrest among the Niger
Delta Avengers, NDA and the Indigenous
People of Biafra, IPOB
has not been taken seriously. The
result has been the lingering unrest,
agitations and sundry social
vices that have impeded on the
country’s socio-economic development.
Unfortunately, the present
government appears to be in a
delima on what step to take.
As many legal experts have posited,
including a renowed constitutional
lawyer, Mike Ozekhome,
the country is fast sliding into anarchy.
When democracy is endangered
and the rule of law under a
serious threat, then anarchy and
lawlessness are inevitable.
The message is quite lucid. Now
that Buhari is incapacitated and
Osinbajo is on the driving seat,
the acting president has all our
support to fight corruption, but
it should be within the confines
of the law; he should listen to the
voice of reasoning and begin to
follow the dictates of the law. As
a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, we
don’t need to remind him that Nigeria
practices a constitutional democracy
and not an authoritarian
system of government.


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  • Adeola

    The write is a bitter Igbo man as usual