Buhari has killed Nigeria – Mike Ozekhome Laments

Human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed Nigeria.

The senior lawyer famous that Buhari has failed in his tripodal insurance policies by which he campaigned and received election in 2015 that are: Economic system, safety and anti-corruption.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria spoke at a human rights lecture organized by the Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, with the theme: Nigerian College Youngsters; Insecurity and Human Rights, held in Abuja.

He identified that many youngsters can now not go to highschool, including that greater than seventy p.c faculty youngsters in Nigeria are out of faculties.

Based on him, from Jangebe to Chibok; from Dapchi to Kaduna between December 2020 until date, over 700 hundred faculty youngsters have been kidnapped with a few of them being killed or pressured into marriage.

“[They were] not kidnapped within the forests however from their colleges. It obtained so messy in Kaduna that the abductors demanded baggage of rice, vegetable oil, salt, beans and different condiments to be cooking for his or her youngsters pending when they are going to get sufficient cash to get them launched on ransom,” Ozekhome lamented.

He went on to say that Nigeria is at the moment a failed state and can’t even be known as a rustic anymore, explaining that non-state actors equivalent to Boko Haram, bandits and different terrorists now possess sufficient powers to problem the federal government.

“Is {that a} nation? Does any of you who’ve youngsters residing in hostels and dormitories sleep together with your two eyes closed? Not realizing of when subsequent they’ll strike? He queried.

“When President Muhammadu Buhari was campaigning for this workplace…I like my President however I don’t like his governance type and insurance policies.

“Insurance policies which have impoverished Nigeria. Insurance policies which have made Nigeria the poverty capital of the world, overtaking India. Insurance policies which have made Nigeria that was till 2015 the largest economic system in Africa overtaking South Africa and one of many seven quickest rising economic system on the earth.

“His tripodal insurance policies had been on economic system, safety and anti-corruption. The unhealthy information is that he has dismally failed in all of them. Safety is worse proper now…Boko Haram we used to have that point at the very least individuals had been capable of vote for him in 2015 and he received within the North East, exhibiting that although Boko Haram existed, they weren’t so rampant to forestall individuals from voting.

“Boko Haram has since graduated, strutting round like a proud peacock. Armed banditry has escalated, kidnapping is the order of the day. In safety, he has failed.

“In economic system, I’ve already informed you, we’re now the poverty capital of the world. What of anti-corruption? Go and verify, we’re 168 out of 180 lined by Transparency Worldwide.

“In West Africa, we’re the third most corrupt nation. So the place have the President and the federal government helped Nigeria? I had on tv and in my write-up challenged Nigerians that anybody who can carry the Holy Quran or take up the Holy Bible or when you’re an atheist, choose up a bit of Sango Iron and say your life is healthier off immediately than you had been in 2015.

“I problem the particular person for a nationwide debate however till now nobody has taken up the problem as a result of everyone is aware of issues are usually not proper. The deaf can hear it; the dumb can communicate it; the blind can see it and even the numb can really feel it.

“So it’s not a query of whether or not you might be in APC, PDP, APGA, Labour, Zenith or PPA. Starvation is aware of no strike, faith or nationality. The actual fact is that issues are unhealthy for everybody whether or not Muslims or Christian, atheist, outdated males, ladies, youth and kids .

” Issues are unhealthy and it may very well be worse besides Nigerians come collectively and return to the drafting board. Some individuals are saying that Nigeria is a failing state and I say no. I don’t agree.

“For those who requested me, with all due respect, I’ll say Nigeria is a failed state. Have you learnt why? It’s as a result of one of many biggest indices of a failed state is when non-state actors like Boko Haram, kidnappers, armed bandits have environment friendly and commensurate powers to match state actors like safety forces. That’s a failed state.

“When Boko Haram, bandits and kidnappers start to inform the federal government, ‘that is what we wish.’ Taking up lands and planting their flags as Governor Zulum of Borno State and Bello of Niger State have cried out that in some lands of their States, they’ve planted flags; they’re demanding for taxation; they challenge identification playing cards and provides cross to individuals to cross.

“We don’t want every other proof of a failed state. It’s not about liking or not liking a authorities, it’s about saying the fact on the bottom. Please Nigerians, let’s return to the drafting board. For those who like, carry all of the helicopters and fighter jets you may, the reality is that the issue is extra endemic than you may see.

“As a result of on the floor, it seems to be insecurity however beneath it’s what we name social injustice and lack of egalitarialism…Nigeria is wobbly, gobbling and fumbling as a result of it was not neatly packaged on the first of January, 1848 by Lord Lugard.

“It began with Woman Flora Luise Shaw on the eighth of January, 1897 in an article she wrote on Financial Instances the place she gave Nigeria her identify “Niger Space”. And we agreed to reside collectively. And if we agreed, allow us to reside collectively in peace and unity. Let’s not at all times say ‘Nigeria is indivisible; it’s indestructible.’

“We don’t say that by phrases of the mouth, we nurture it. Pakistan and India was once one nation; Eritrea and Ethiopia was once one nation in addition to Sudan and Southern Sudan. So it’s not by merely saying it, it’s important to nurture it.

“We will need to have peace and social justice… we’re speaking in regards to the sort of peace and social justice Chief M.Ok.O Abiola preached…Allow us to reformat and reengineer Nigeria. Let’s make a brand new structure for ourselves. A structure that can be… Indigenous, owned by the individuals and revered by all and bonafide.

“Not a structure that was imposed by the Normal Abdusalam Abubakar authorities once they had been going again to the barracks. What number of of you understand that Nigeria truly contested the 1999 elections with no structure? Nigerians by no means made the structure by themselves however even when we’re to handle it, Part 14 of that structure mentioned that the first function of the federal government is to offer welfare and safety for the individuals, are we having it?”

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