A group, the South-East Based Coalition of Human Rights Organisations (SBCHROs) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of tyranny following the continued detention of Sambo Dasuki, the former security adviser and Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra even after they had been granted bail by courts.
Vanguard reports that the coalition in a statement urged the Nigerian Bar Association to direct its members to boycott courts in Nigeria in protest at the continued detention of Kanu and Dasuki.
Part of the statement read: “It is no longer a subject of debate whether or not Nigeria of Buhari’s civilian presidency is tyrannical-cum-dictatorial; as the country is fully back in dictatorship or chained democracy. Nigerians should also not lose sleep or express surprises over recent or ongoing public antics and pro-dictatorial comments of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the likes of Professor Itse Sagay, SAN, and Senator Ali Ndume, Senate Majority Leader; rather all Nigerians, particularly the NBA and other democratic forces should concern themselves sleeplessly with how to rise up endlessly against the resurrected dictatorship and its destructive forces.
“Our coordinating partner: Intersociety had severally argued expertly and seminally that the emergence of dictatorship or tyranny and its sustenance under a civilian administration, is not the sole activity of a dictator or tyrant; but a hatched conspiratorial project involving other dictatorial or tyrannical elements. It further observed that the first victims of dictatorship are the judiciary and the legislature, leading to instant death of rule of law, separation of powers and checks and balances.
The group pointed out that disobedience to court orders was an offence under the constitution.
“Disobedience to court decisions is one of the dimensions of corruption and a gross abuse of office; contrary to Section 15 (5) of the 1999 Constitution. The AGF utterances under reference are worse than his principal’s blundered and incoherent media chat.
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“Protection of public interest can never be equated with obvious presidential threats to citizens’ sovereignty; enshrined and entrenched in Section 14 (2) (a) of the 1999 Constitution; to the effect that sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority. The inflammable and defenseless utterances of the AGF are therefore not surprising; which explains why English Language professors also hold that liars use passive voice while truth tellers use active voice.”
In a related development, the Campaign for Democracy Southeast zone gave President Buhari a seven-day ultimatum to release Chief Olisah Metuh, the publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dasuki and Kanu.