Buhari Is Disrespectful To Nigerian Constitution, Says HURIWA

By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has stated that the root cause of much of the current social menaces of systemic and systematic collapse of security including the emerging unexplained attacks of security agents by unknown people is the deep seated disrespect of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 by President,  Muhammadu Buhari even after he swore an oath to abide by the affirmations and provisions of the grund norm. 

Specifically, the civil society organisation expressed sadness that majority of the commentators and political leaders who have the influence to redirect the steps of the President who has serially deviated from the principles and letters of the laws and the Constitution of Nigeria,  are not doing that due to their selfish pursuit of presidential  favours, contracts, appointments for their cronies, the need to sound politically correct and their blind loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari which is detrimental to the collective wellbeing of Nigeria.  HURIWA believes that so long as those who ought to speak honestly are not willing to do so due to fear of possible loss of unmerited favours and privileges, the Presidential missteps and errors of President Muhammadu Buhari will continue just as the Rights group expressed anxiety that the negative consequences of these monumental missteps of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s misrule will take the nation over six decades to correct. 

In a media Statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf,  HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) further carpeted the National Assembly leadership headed by the Senate President Mr. Ahmed Lawan  and the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila  both of whom alongside many other members of the ruling cabal in the Parliament are much more vigorously pursuing partisan agenda of the All Progressive Congress that are at variance with the global best practices.

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The Rights group is of the view that due to lack of proper guidance and solid altruistic body of advice given to and accepted by the President Muhammadu Buhari, the government is bereft of those global governance standards which if implemented by the executive arm of government and particularly the President, then Nigeria’s democracy will blossom and become viable. 

“The Senate President most times speaks and behaves more like a junior aide of President Muhammadu Buhari than the leader of the National Assembly who should ensure that his members and mates in the National Assembly deliver the most qualitative supervisory and effective oversight functions to compel adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law by the executive arm of government and particularly by the President and the cabinetand agencies of the Nationalgovernment”.  

“The recent argument by the President of the Senate that those who says Nigeria is failing are unpatriotic shows that the Chairman of the National legislature lacks what it takes to lead to the emergence of an independent National Assembly that will carry out all her works with the wellbeing and welfare of the citizens and the nation at heart. This sort of blind support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s misrule of the nation by the Senate President is the reason Nigeria is about to collapse “. 

Also, the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) blamed the disrespect by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Constitution especially the need to adhere strictly to the the Constitutional principles of federal character in appointment to strategic national security offices and positions, as the direct causes of the increasing insecurity and breakdown of law and order all around Nigeria just as the Rights group asked President Muhammadu Buhari to amend his ways within the remaining two years unless his main agenda is to destroy Nigeria beyond repairs in 2023. 

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HURIWA reminded the President that section 14. (1) of the Nigerian Constitution says that the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State based on the principles of democracy and social justice. 

(2) It is hereby, accordingly, declared that:

(a) sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority; 

(b) the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government: and 

(c) the participation by the people in their government shall be ensured in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution. 

(3) The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few State or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies. 

(4) The composition of the Government of a State, a local government council, or any of the agencies of such Government or council, and the conduct of the affairs of the Government or council or such agencies shall be carried out in such manner as to recognise the diversity of the people within its area of authority and the need to promote a sense of belonging and loyalty among all the people of the Federation.”

In the assessment of the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) the flagrant disrespect of President Muhammadu Buhari to these provisions is the direct cause of the degenerated security situations in the Country since the government should not expect those alienated from the corridors of power and marginalised as if they are slaves to then behave like slaves and respect a government that is perennially  in gross violations of the Constitution and treats the Constitution like a piece of rubbish.  

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