By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja- A pro-democracy group, Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria(HURIWA), has on Sunday, decried the present state of Nigeria’s democracy which it said, is under threat and on the verge of collapse.
The group expressed worry over the present administration’s anti-graft campaign, saying, that it has significantly derailed and is rather totally focused as a political witch-hunt and nothing more.
Speaking to Newsmen in Abuja, the HURIWA Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said that HURIWA had written to President Muhammadu Buhari to call for the disablement of the Presidential panel on recovery of public property but are yet to get a reply, adding however, that the Presidential panel was grounded on a dead military decree and should be disbanded.
According to him, “President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to even reply to our letter which we sent over three Months now, showing that the plots of this government for allowing the existence of this illegal contraption headed by a rabidly partisan politician, Chief Obono Obla, goes to indicate, that the current government is planning to replace constitutional Democracy with Authoritarian Communism.
“This is because the Presidential panel on recovery of public property has completely started the massive clampdown on Nigerians and especially members of the opposition class who are known to own property of significant worth” he stated.
He further explained that, “The modus operandi of this panel is to first of all approach their targets with a juicy proposal to join the All Progressives Congress and contribute to the running of the party and gain immunity from further harassment and for those who had stood their grounds, what this panel does, is to instigate series of litigation in the courts presided over by some compromised judges who had also been blackmailed because of some assets traceable to them or their cronies.
“We once more call on government, to disband forthwith the so called Presidential panel on recovery of public property because of its dubious duplicity and their illegal manners of operations which are primitive, unconstitutional and unacceptable in a 21st century constitutional democracy” he noted.
Onwubiko took a swipe at the current leadership of Nigerian Bar Association, for not clamping down on the Minister of Information and the Attorney General of the Federation for deviating from the rule of law, by naming opposition politicians as looters, stressing however that the “The NBA’s current leadership have since gone to sleep and may be colluding with the Current administration to undermine the Constitution through their conspiratorial silence”.
Furthermore, he expressed dismay over the refusal of some government officials to appear before the National Assembly when summoned, adding that, Section 88 (1)of the 1999 constitution, specifically grants the legislature the powers to make laws and the powers of lawful summons.
The HURIWA Coordinator called for the sack of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for disrespecting the invitation of the National Assembly to appear to answer questions on national security and rule of law, adding that he is not fit and proper to hold that position.
In his words, “He (the IGP) has thrice disrespected the senate’s invitation to appear before it and take series of questions that relates to the Rule of law and the rising state of insecurity and break down of law and order.
“He has clearly become a thorn in the flesh of the democratic governance of Nigeria to the extent that he has constituted himself into an autonomous government within the Republic” Onwubiko remarked.
While fielding questions from newsmen, Onwubiko stressed that the President has to act. “He has to really act, unless if the plan of those who are in politics today is to destroy Nigeria; then they should tell us. If they want to operate democracy the way it should be done, when somebody is lawfully invited,he should attend to such invitation and not go to courts.
“The courts themselves are becoming compromised. They are aiding and abetting the plots to destroy democracy and if care is not taken, this democracy will collapse”.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to take necessary measures to ensure that Nigeria’s democracy does not collapse.