The National Assembly has been urged to immediately commence the impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari if he does not review the alleged biased, lopsided and unbalanced security structure to reflect the country’s Federal Character.
Founder and President of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC)), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, who made the plea on Wednesday in Lagos, also said there was little to cheer about 19 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria simply because the politicians voted into power have not lived to the expectations of the electorate.
Speaking on the state of the nation at the Century Hotel Okota Lagos, Dr Fasehun condemned the security architecture of Buhari administration, describing it as skewed in favour of President’s group and religion, which, he said, was against the provisions of the Constitution.
“The current structure of the country’s security architecture is skewed in favour of the President’s ethnic group and religion against others.
“This is a clear violation of the Constitution, which says in Section 14(3) that: “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few State or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies.”
According to him, violation of this or any other section of the Constitution constitutes an impeachable offence.
“We demand that the National Assembly, as a matter of urgency, compel President Buhari to immediately review this biased, lopsided and unbalanced security structure to reflect Nigeria’s Federal Character, failing which it should immediately commence impeachment processes against him”, Fasehun stated.
On Democracy Day, the OPC Founder said: “If there is anything to cheer, it is that against all odds, this current Republic has broken our previous records of short-lived democracy”.
Recalling how previous democracies in Nigeria were interrupted, Fasehun stated: “The First Republic ended within seven years; the Second Republic performed even worse, expiring just after its fourth birthday. The Third Republic that should have seen Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola as Nigeria’s most popular President, collapsed before it could really take off, despite having state legislatures, state executives and the National Assembly in place.
“However, apart from celebrating the longevity of the Fourth Republic, there appears to be little else to cheer. The last 19 years have been a continuous trudging in the wilderness. Politicians voted into power, and expected to relieve the people’s sufferings, have revealed themselves as locusts and cankerworms of corruption and ineptitude who significantly increase citizens’ woes and burdens.
“Is this the democracy that Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola died for? Is this the democracy for which the likes of Commodore Dan Suleiman, Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Chief Frank Kokori, Pa Anthony Enahoro, Chief Adekunle Ajasin and Comrade Chima Ubani laid down their lives? Is this the democracy, for which several unknown agitators were killed on the streets by the Military between 1993 and 1998? People lost livelihoods, lives, limb and liberty; have their sacrifices been worth it?”
Fasehun further said the war of attrition unleashed by Boko Haram against defenceless citizens throughout the country, which continues unabated, has nullified President Buhari’s campaign promise to end the insurgency immediately he took over power.
He said contrary to the government sloganeering that Boko Haram has been decimated, “The reality indicates that Boko Haram inflicts as much damage as before, with bombings, abductions and suicide squads going unabated”.
Demanding the release of Leah Sharibu, the Chibok Girls and other hostages in Boko Haram captivity, OPC said “Every day they spend in captivity is a disgrace to this democracy”.
OPC also said government must emulate Iraq’s termination of ISIS and produce a workable roadmap to end Boko Haram insurgency.
“Reports from soldiers and officers on the field indicate that Boko Haram could be wiped out easily, but for colluding Military commanders who want the campaign prolonged for selfish commercial benefits. President Muhammadu Buhari should sack Military officers currently in charge of the Boko Haram campaign and mandate the Defence team to end Boko Haram insurgency within six months”, Fasehun pointed out.
On the killer Fulani herdsmen, Fasehun said President Buhari must comply with the global index that has ranked the Killer Fulani Herdsmen not just as a terrorist organization, but the fourth most deadly in the world.
He must immediately mandate the Military and the police to ensure that Killer Fulani Herdsmen pay for their crimes and are eventually wiped out. Also, people’s right to defend themselves against attackers by all means possible must be recognized and encouraged.
The OPC Founder condemned what he described as the militarization of Nigeria, saying: “The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) has lost focus. Instead of implementing its primary objective of curtailing armed robbery in the country, it has turned itself to an army of occupation, harassing and pilfering money from innocent citizens”.
“Unfortunately, the government ignored the END-SARS CAMPAIGN. But the End-SARS Campaign must be revisited. Nigeria did not need SARS to end the evil regimes of notorious armed robbers like Oyenusi and Anini, and even less now that crime-fighting and crime-bursting in most parts of the world are technologically driven.
What we see now is that police arrest and intimidate people into confessing to crimes they know nothing about without respecting their right to legal counsel and representation. This must stop”, he said.
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