Your actions threaten Nigeria’s democracy, NUJ warns Police

The Nigeria Union of Journalists has warned that recent actions of the Nigeria Police Force threaten the foundation democracy in the country.

The NUJ President, Muhammad Garba, told journalists in Kano, Sunday, that recent actions of the police including the National Assembly blockade, giving protection to minority members of the Ekiti House of Assembly over the majority, and raiding of the All Progressives Congress, APC, office in Lagos are assaults on Nigeria’s constitutional provisions.

“The issue is a very serious one to the smooth undertakings of the nation’s democratic culture and is clearly standing on the ways of entrenchment of the full democratic norms,” he said. “As such we wholly condemn it as unacceptable’.

Mr. Garba said the actions of the police have made many Nigerians lose confidence in them as non-partisan umpires in safeguarding the security of lives and property of the people.

The journalist also attacked Nigerian politicians for politicising the country’s security challenges. He said the controversy over the extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe would only embolden the insurgents.

“I think politicians today enjoy making nonsense of the issue of emergency rule, they have now turned it to politics with each class using it as a tool for attacking another person.

“This is unacceptable. The issue at stake is very serious one, they should allow experts and security personnel provide what is better in the whole saga,” he said.

Mr. Garba said whether the National Assembly approved the extension or not, President Goodluck Jonathan has the powers to extend the emergency rule and his decision should be accepted by all.

The journalist also spoke on the increasing downfall of the Naira and called on Mr. Jonathan and his economic team to act to stop the situation.

The Naira recently fell to about N175 to a dollar, its lowest value ever.


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  • Sword of Damocles

    Two faced speaking(that & corruption are the bane of Nigeria’s existence). Nigeria does not need “Stalin speak” at this juncture. If what you see by the Executive branch constitutes TYRANNY, why would any patriotic entity or person “beat around the bush”. NUJ, can the Nigerian Police act on its own in the matters you have raised concern over? So why are your concerns not “placed at the door of the perpetrators who “brung” it? “Resistance to Tyranny is Obedience to God”- Thomas Jefferson.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      The NUJ should have directed its anger at the Executive Branch which is manipulating the police, the SSS and the military – all of whom have become the enforcement arm of the PDP. The Police Force is just a pawn on a chess board.

  • Ashibogu

    Professionalism is dead in the Nigerian Security Services. Our Security Agencies are no longer fit for safeguarding our national interests. However, I know that there remains a remnant that have not soiled their hands with dirty money that the political class is throwing around. Surely, our nation is greater than its current challenges. We shall surely overcome!

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  • karl marx

    The new IG is really threat to our national democracy and i doubt if we need Abba in that position. From the looks of things, this IG is most likely to obey the last orders from the standing government and i am afraid he might be used for elections rigging in 2015,mark my words.

  • New Nigerian

    Hi Okey – My take is actually that President Buhari showed leadership and strength, and he made me proud. The interviewer in tone was derisive – it did not come across as an interview but rather like a deposition by a lawyer for the opposition. She was pushing the envelope on some hot button issues which the pdplutocrats have engineered mostly to draw the administration into a political quagmire. Biafra is one of them, like one priests from the SEast said, “he would support Biafra, if those pulling the strings behind the scene shows their face”. I liked how President Buhari refused to watch the video – what would be the point of that, he received intelligence briefs on the situation daily and knows what was going on, including classified information – so as the interviewer said, she could not corroborate whether it was true or not. So if Buhari had watched it he legitimizes it, if for example he knew it was not true or made up. So I thought the temperament there showed leadership strength.

    On your suggestions relative to Judicial reforms – you know that pdplutocrats hijacked the national assembly as we speak, as a platform to fight the administration of President Buhari, so long as the present leadership of NASS remains, do not expect them to pass any law to reform the judiciary who have now aligned with them given some questionable judgements they had given lately, a case in point is Rivers election. Hopefully that would change to pro-people and the mandate given Nigerians truly reflected in the leadership upon the conclusion of Saraki’s case – until then, expect more drama than substance from NASS.

    As to the rhetorical question asked President Buhari – It appears you know about the budget more than I do – It was not a complement nor was it meant to be taken literally. She got the message – go back to the video and watch again. What was the point of asking detailed line items in the budget that he had already said was padded and it was withdrawn to be fixed with culprits punished – which happened last week as we all know. She over-reached and she got the message through that rhetorical question.

    As for security vote – if Buhari had said he was going to work on doing away with it, you and others would probably blame him that he was making his policy up as he goes and revealing it first on Al Jazeerah, that is not leadership. He knows as a General, you have to pick your battles and his response is spot on – money voted for security should be spent on security. The problem has always being that up till now, in all 16 years – once a budget is made, it automatically becomes cash to called and spent…structurally he is changing that from this year. Budget would be estimate and accruals means would be used to determine what gets paid.

    • Mentor

      Excellent rebuttal!

    • yomi

      Excellent analysis

    • Fuzio

      You are proud of him… Anyway, coming from the ‘prostrate before your king’ crowd. No surprise in that.

    • Damilola

      It’s a pity replies here are blocked. You can check my account to view how hard I tried to reply u while u check the facts out. Facts don’t lie my brother, only charlatans does