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Fayose: Buhari Has Destroyed National Assembly, Judiciary 

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has lamented the destruction

of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government by the government

of President Muhammadu Buhari, raising the alarm that “democracy in

Nigeria is under serious threat, with the constitution appearing to

have been suspended.”

 

The governor said; “The once respected National Assembly and Judiciary

have been so badly blackmailed such that for the first time in the

history of Nigeria, functionaries of the executive arm of government

now hold the two arms of government with contempt, treating them as if

they do not exist. Even those who invaded the senate and took away the

Mace are being protected by President Buhari and his men.”

 

Governor Fayose, who described the

Legislative and Judicial arms as the pillar of democracy, said; “Even

when Nigeria was under military rule, our judiciary was not this

ridiculed, with the government choosing which court judgment to obey

and which one to ignore.”

 

He pointed out that; “President Buhari’s persistent refusal

to obey court orders, refusal of the his men to obey summons by the

National Assembly and most importantly the withdrawal of $496 million

from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without approval of the National

Assembly and inspite of pending court case are indications that the

constitution has been suspended and Nigeria returned to full-fledged

dictatorship.”

 

Governor Fayose described the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the

most subdued National Assembly leader in the history of Nigeria,

saying; “Should President Buhari succeeds with his second term bid, no

one should bother going to the National Assembly because he will rule

like a feudal lord, with general authority over other Nigerians.”

 

“Democracy is endangered when the executive arm of government goes

about demonizing the Judiciary as being corrupt and the National

Assembly tagged as a gathering of rascals who are contributing nothing

to governance. Unfortunately, that is what the Legislative and

Judicial arms have suffered under this government.

 

“In disobedience to court order that they should be released, the

leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his

wife, Zeenat, have been detained for more than two years without

trial.

 

“Also, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has been in detention for over two

years even when many courts in Nigeria and the ECOWAS Court have

ordered for his release.

 

“Several resolutions made by the National Assembly have been ignored,

including ones bothering on the welfare of Nigerians. Statutory

appointments that require Senate confirmation are now being made

unilaterally. Even those whose nominations were rejected by the Senate

are still holding the same offices for which their nominations were

rejected.

 

“Lovers of democracy in Nigeria should therefore be worried and the

international community must intervene and prevail on the President to

allow democratic institutions to function in the country,” the

governor said.

 

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