Group condemns impunity among Nigerian politicians, withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security details

A group, Say No Campaign, has expressed concern with the alleged “state of anarchy, oppression, victimization and anomie playing out in the political environment”.

The group says what is playing out is a dress rehearsal for the 2015 general elections.

It specifically criticized the withdrawal of the security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, by the police following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

It said the rumble has continued with personal ambition superseding the will of the Nigerian people.

The group stated this in a joint statement on Wednesday by Auwal Rafsanjani, Ezenwa Nwagwu, Jaye Gaskia and Samson Itodo, its conveners.

Describing the withdrawal of Mr. Tambuwal’s security aides as “appalling, unfortunate and unconstitutional,” the group said no part of the 1999 Constitution says the Speaker of the House must come from the party that has the majority members.

It said the action was taken ostensibly because the speaker left the PDP.

It noted that Section 50(1) (b) only says “there shall be a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House, who shall be elected by members from among themselves.”

The group said the action of the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, in this matter “is tantamount to usurping the role of the Judiciary, which is supposed to interpret the contentious Section 68(1) (g) of our constitution,” warning that “the present trend where our law is being applied selectively to achieve political interest/gain is preposterous, and this must stop.”

The group said recent development had also shown that using the security institutions, particularly the police as a tool to witch-hunt perceived political enemies, had become another political impunity that must be addressed.

It stated, “It is not for the police to interpret the constitution or house rules. This no doubt also reflects impunity in the polity. This is considered another attempt to destabilize the polity and provide room for some shenanigans in government to extend their evil rule. It is worrisome to hear orders from some quarters asking the members of the House of Representatives to defy resumption dates. This desperate move must be checked.”

On the ceasefire agreement between the Nigerian Government and the Boko Haram insurgents, the group said it had been confirmed to be a ruse.

It expressed worry that government with all military structure and huge budgetary allocations annually could not decipher what groups they made contact with and gather adequate intelligence before going public.

“This is an indictment on the top military echelon in the military. It was another diversion for the public to believe that government is working towards stability but alas, reverse is the case,” it said.

“The citizens have lost total confidence in the military and its capability to respond to the emergencies. Recent reports have it that Nafada and Bajoga both in Gombe States are under serious attack and our trained security men abandoned their weapons and fled.

“If you cannot tame a group of ‘untrained’ young men running around, how much more would you respond to external threats? This is food for thought.”

The group lamented the statements allegedly made by the Senate President, David Mark, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, in September, in which they called for the postponement of the 2015 polls

It said such statements, which though have been denied by Mr. Mark, brought to fore the politicization of the security issue.

It argued, “Remember, the National Assembly is constitutionally empowered to carry out a number of duties, chief among which are lawmaking and oversight, however, with recent development; the political class seem to have failed Nigerians.”

The group also regretted that the nation’s leaders who ought to have given the people hope “in these dark days that trouble the soul, have themselves become bugaboos to the rest of us.”

It said, “Instead of holding us together to a common vision of a great future which we must reach against all odds, these men and women have decided to unleash another vile spirit on the land: impunity. And now, some attempts are underway to justify reasons why 2015 general elections should be postponed because they do not ‘give a damn’ by their actions.
“To be candid, SNC believes that impunity, just like any other systemic rot, is a malady which flows from the top to the bottom. Now, the country is awash with leaders who do not give a damn about anything. They do not care about principles, about public opinion, about decorum; in fact, the word ‘shame’ is a total alien to our ruling class today. Needless to say, our youths are negatively affected by this unsavory trend.”


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