49 Views

President Buhari Is A Tyrant Like Idi Amin Of Uganda, By Deji Adeyanju

Deji Adeyanju writes on last night’s assault on the judiciary by the Muhammadu Buhari government. He insists that the clampdown carried out by the country’s secret police is in line with the disdain in which the president holds the legal profession.

In its latest act of dictatorship and disrespect for the rule of law, the Department of State Security Services, DSS, raided the homes of several judges of the Federal High Court and Justices of the Supreme Court in the early hours of Saturday, October 8, 2016.

In one swoop, raided the homes of Justices Walter Onnoghen and Sylvanus Ngwuta of the Supreme Court as well as the homes of Justices Adebiyi Ademola, Muazu Pindiga, and Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court.

DSS agents spent time breaking down the gate of Justice Dimgba’s house with a sledgehammer before beating his brother to pulp when they could not find him. At this time, Justices Ademola and Pindiga have been arrested and detained.

This is new addition to a long list of actions that show that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has no respect for the rule of law, the principles of separation of powers, and is only interested in using the apparatus of state to harass real and perceived enemies.

Many will recall the disdain with which President Buhari has spoken about the judiciary and the legal profession in Nigeria. On January 31, 2016 at a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia he told an astounded audience that the judiciary was his “main headache” in achieving some of his plans. To buttress his point, he cited how the judiciary ruled against him in his previous bids to become President.

Many will also recall that prior to that comment, on August 13, 2015 at the opening ceremony of the 55th General Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, President Buhari had advocated that lawyers should not represent people accused of corruption. This is in spite of the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that guarantees all accused people the right to be represented by a lawyer of their choosing.

Many will further recall that on July 18, 2016 the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) organised a conference where speaker after speaker took turns to take umbrage against the judiciary. At the end of that event, PACAC (a body unrecognized by the constitution of this country) gave out sentencing guidelines it had developed to judges.

These acts of intimidation and harassment come on the heels of other such actions that started with the invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House in September 2015 by DSS and have gone on to include:

• the arrest & detention of online journalists and bloggers;
• the mass murder of more than 1000 Shiite Muslims;
• the continuous extra-judicial murder of Nigerian citizens in the South East;
• the continued detention of several people despite Courts ordering their release;
• the violation of the principles of separation of powers as enshrined in our Constitution, and
• the constant refusal to obey orders of Courts.

It was predicted before the presidential elections that President Buhari lacked the democratic values to be a democratically elected President of Nigeria. He has continuously lived up to his reputation as a despotic, dictatorial leader who views respect for the rule not as the foundation of the existence of a democratic society but as a irritation to be dispensed with by whatever means necessary.

The events of last night mirror the abduction of Justice Benedict Kiwanuka – the then chief justice of Uganda – by the despotic Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada of Uganda.

Members of the bench are not above the law and must abide by its provisions at all times. However, our Constitution and other laws provide that erring Judges are to be disciplined within the framework provided by the National Judicial Commission not through gestapo style abductions in the middle of the night.

It is particularly worrisome that these events are taking place when Yemi Osinbajo, a law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is the vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

These actions are reprehensible, and all well meaning Nigerians – irrespective of tribe, religion or political leanings – must come together to condemn them in their totality before they completely erode the very fabric of our democracy.

God bless Nigeria.

Deji Adeyanju is director of Social Media of the People’s Democratic Party. He is also a former aide at the Presidency. He tweets from @adeyanjudeji.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

Why Muslims Should Pay Regular Visits To Cemeteries – Nigerian Cleric Admonishes
Religion
7 views
Religion
7 views

Why Muslims Should Pay Regular Visits To Cemeteries – Nigerian Cleric Admonishes

MT - October 20, 2017

A Nigerian cleric has explained why Muslim faithfuls should endevour to pay regular visits to the cemeteries wherever they are. Alhaji Salihu Ajetunmobi, a cleric, has advised…

Check Out The Photos Of Handsome, Stylish Nigerian Catholic Priest And Football Coach
Inspiring
8 views
Inspiring
8 views

Check Out The Photos Of Handsome, Stylish Nigerian Catholic Priest And Football Coach

MT - October 20, 2017

Revered Fr. Obinna Dike is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Awka Ibom. was ordained in 2001, he is a footballer, a referee, a coach, and…

See What House Of Reps Leader, Gbajamiala, Was Spotted Doing In Classroom In Lagos
Politics
16 views
Politics
16 views

See What House Of Reps Leader, Gbajamiala, Was Spotted Doing In Classroom In Lagos

MT - October 20, 2017

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, in Lagos took to teaching, taking Senior Secondary 3 students in some schools in his Surulere…

Nollywood Actress Chika Ike Pictured At Harvard University
Entertainment
28 views
Entertainment
28 views

Nollywood Actress Chika Ike Pictured At Harvard University

MT - October 20, 2017

Actress Chika Ike Shares Picture From Harvard University, recall the actress had earlier shared the fact that she might undergoing a business course in the popular university.…

What We’ll Do Against Police Over Ozubulu Killings, Joy Odama’s Death – HURIWA
Politics
18 views
Politics
18 views

What We’ll Do Against Police Over Ozubulu Killings, Joy Odama’s Death – HURIWA

MT - October 20, 2017

A pro-democracy and Non-Governmental organization, the Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA, has alleged that the police high command is in the process of sweeping under the carpet,…

Health-tips: These Are Five Warning Signs Your Appendix Is Not In Good Condition
Food and Health
18 views
Food and Health
18 views

Health-tips: These Are Five Warning Signs Your Appendix Is Not In Good Condition

MT - October 20, 2017

If you notice any of these symptoms you should see your doctor immediately. Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix, which is a small pouch connected…

Dating? Tonto Dikeh Shares Sweat Message For Hushpuppi Again
Entertainment
20 views
Entertainment
20 views

Dating? Tonto Dikeh Shares Sweat Message For Hushpuppi Again

MT - October 20, 2017

Actress Tonto Dikeh got tongues wagging last week when she called Hushpuppi ‘Zaddy’ in her birthday post for him. Tonto Dikeh & Hushpuppi Well, to avoid that,…

Why I Refused To Pay Peter Obi – Gov. Obiano Finally Breaks Silence Over N7.5b Scandal
Politics
25 views
Politics
25 views

Why I Refused To Pay Peter Obi – Gov. Obiano Finally Breaks Silence Over N7.5b Scandal

MT - October 20, 2017

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has broken his silence on the controversial N7.5 billion allegedly demanded by his predecessor, Peter Obi, confirming same to be true, and…

Nigerian Senate to Rename 7 Colleges of Education
Politics
33 views
Politics
33 views

Nigerian Senate to Rename 7 Colleges of Education

PH - October 20, 2017

The Senate has commenced the process to rename seven colleges of education to align the location of the institutions affected by boundary adjustment as a result of…

Here Are The 10 Nigerian Artistes Nominated For The 2017 MOBO Awards   
Entertainment
37 views
Entertainment
37 views

Here Are The 10 Nigerian Artistes Nominated For The 2017 MOBO Awards  

MT - October 20, 2017

  These are the best of times for Nigerian artistes as many of them made the nominations list for the MOBO awards coming up soon. Here are…

7 Ex-BB Naija Contestants Who Have Remained In The Spotlight After The Show 
Entertainment
43 views
Entertainment
43 views

7 Ex-BB Naija Contestants Who Have Remained In The Spotlight After The Show 

MT - October 20, 2017

Nigeria's own reality TV show, Big Brother Naija which has over the years presented a platform to the contestants who participated in it, but while some have…

Photos: Nwankwo Kanu And Wife, Amara Are Serving Perfect Fitness Goals In These Powerful Photos
Romance and Love
35 views
Romance and Love
35 views

Photos: Nwankwo Kanu And Wife, Amara Are Serving Perfect Fitness Goals In These Powerful Photos

MT - October 20, 2017

  Amara Kanu, wife of Arsenal and Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu not too long ago launched a book on healthy living Inspired by her husband’s battle with a near…

Jude Okoye’s Sister-In-Law Calls Out Paul Okoye’s Wife And Guess How She Responded
Entertainment
43 views
Entertainment
43 views

Jude Okoye’s Sister-In-Law Calls Out Paul Okoye’s Wife And Guess How She Responded

MT - October 20, 2017

  Jude Okoye shared a lovely picture of his daughters, Emma and Eleanor on Instagram and his brother Paul’s wife, Anita also shared the same picture on…

Here’s What Mercy Johnson Has To Say After Daughter Photobombed Her Photos
Entertainment
39 views
Entertainment
39 views

Here’s What Mercy Johnson Has To Say After Daughter Photobombed Her Photos

MT - October 20, 2017

  Mercy Johnson was feeling beautiful after getting dolled up for an event and decided to take a photo. Little did mercy know that purity had another…

CELEBRITY BIO: Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike a.k.a Phyno’s Biography
Entertainment
38 views
Entertainment
38 views

CELEBRITY BIO: Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike a.k.a Phyno’s Biography

MT - October 20, 2017

  Phyno Biography Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike also known as Phyno is the undisputed ‘Man of The Year’. The talented Igbo rapper who started out as a producer…

Tuface Has This To Say To Davido Over The Death Of His 3 Friends
Entertainment
37 views
Entertainment
37 views

Tuface Has This To Say To Davido Over The Death Of His 3 Friends

MT - October 20, 2017

  Tuface who is undisputed one of the most dedicated and respected musician in the industry has weighed into controversies surrounding death of Davido’s friends: Tagbo Umeike, Dj…

Check Out Wedding Invitation Card To The Societal Wedding Between ‘Tosin Saraki’ And ‘Omoba Adeniyi Olukoya’
Politics
77 views
Politics
77 views

Check Out Wedding Invitation Card To The Societal Wedding Between ‘Tosin Saraki’ And ‘Omoba Adeniyi Olukoya’

MT - October 19, 2017

Senate President Saraki's daughter Tosin is set to wed her Handsome prince... The wedding Invitations to those who are available to attend have been sent out...This is…

American Rapper, Rick Ross Excited To Receive Made In Nigeria Footwear By Zubair
Business
63 views
Business
63 views

American Rapper, Rick Ross Excited To Receive Made In Nigeria Footwear By Zubair

MT - October 19, 2017

American rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross popularly known as Rozay has received a made in Nigeria footwear by Nigerian shoe brand Zubair Footwear after he liked and…

Loading...