MasterwebNews 24/12/15: Nigeria's fragile and fledging democracy at risk: Is anyone advising President Buhari, DSS and the Army?

[ Masterweb Reports: C. K. Ekeke, reports ] - Despite the killings and massacres of innocent citizens by the army in the nation especially in Southeast and Northeast of the country, tomorrow, most Nigerian Christians will join other Christians around the globe to celebrate Christmas, which is historically and traditionally, a day set apart by Christians worldwide to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.


Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year as penned by Eddie Pola and George Wyle in 1963.  It is the most holy, gracious and loving season of the year because of the wonder and miraculous birth of Jesus Christ who is the Prince of Peace, Kings of Kings, Lord of Lords and most importantly the Son of the Most High God. The miraculous and virgin birth of Jesus still remains the greatest event in all of human history. God entered into this world as a baby in order to free mankind from the slavery of sin, sickness and power of poverty and graciously empowered mankind to have dominion over His creation and to lead a life of joy, peace, and prosperity. 


However, despite the peaceful and joyous mood of this special season, most Nigerians can’t believe what’s going in their country currently.  Some of the questions in the minds of Nigerians around the globe are these:  (1) why are innocent citizens being massacred by the army?  (2) Why is the army shooting innocent protesters in SE?  (3) What is wrong for people to protest against illegal detention of their leader and agitation for freedom from oppression, injustice and marginalization?  (4) Why are the Shia Muslims being massacred by the army for peaceful procession to mark their yearly festival?  (5) Why would a mere accusation of planning to assassinate the chief of army staff without any substantiative facts warrant the military personnel to massacre hundreds of innocent Shia Muslims?  Why is Boko Haram killing innocent Nigerian citizens in Northeast without being confronted by the military, instead, the army is enforcing due engagement with unarmed and innocent citizens protesting in a civil disobedience in a democratic society? Why is the MEND militants keep kidnaping innocent citizens left and right in Niger Delta region? 


Why are the courts annulling the election results of the PDP controlled States but not the heavily rigged APC controlled States?  Why are only political foes being witch–hunted and accused of corruption while most of the key political loyalists of the president and tycoons who are profusely corrupt are not being probed and arrested?  What’s going on in Nigeria?  Why is this air of dictatorship and political vendetta happening in Nigeria at this time? 


If some of these questions and many others are not answered, Nigeria’s fragile and fledging democracy may be in risk.   Is any anyone advising President Buhari?  Is he listening?  Is anyone whispering into his ears and looking straight into his eyes to tell him the gospel truth that he’s misleading Nigeria? And if nothing is done to correct the trend, Nigeria may explode and disintegrate.


Nigerians are duped again.  This is not the change we wanted and voted for.  Nigeria is currently in a toxic condition politically, economically, religiously and socially. Why is it that the most populous nation in African with rich and enormous human potential, is still trapped in a circle of vicious and vision-less political leadership? What have Nigerians done to be subjected to this vicious circle of political bondage, oppression, injustice, and marginalization?


Since her independence from colonial master in 1960, Nigeria has not enjoyed any genuine freedom, political peace and national prosperity but violence, oppression, war, marginalization, corruption, and poor leadership.  In fact, the nation has been governed by bad and brutal leaders since its independence. 


Currently, Nigeria is ruled by a former military dictator, who promised change.  But the change we are seeing since being sworn-in are massacres, death, suffering, agony, pain, hurt, and even regrets by many.  What’s going on is a potential crisis and challenge of leadership.  It looks like that President Buhari /APC government is reversing the gains of democracy that was gained after 16 years steady growth of presidential system of government.  What we have now is not presidential democracy but democratic tyranny and dictatorship.  President Buhari/APC government are taking the nation back from a position of strength to weakness and a people with hope to hopelessness.  Sixteen-year democratic government is being turned into a nightmare of democratic tyranny and dictatorship! 


Who will deliver Nigeria from this tyrannical leadership, political dictatorship and economic quagmire?  Will President Buhari/APC government listen to the cry of the people and be humble enough to adjust their policies of impunity, suffering, and death. 


There are a number of crises and challenges brewing up in the country that if not properly handled can dismantle and disintegrate the country into pieces.

 Continued detention of radio Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu by President Buhari/DSS. 
We heard and read that Mr. Kanu has been granted unconditional release by an Abuja Chief Magistrate’s court and yet the government has failed to release him from detention, thereby disobeying the court order.  In addition to that, Mr. Kanu is still been held after a court had issued a court release order, acquitting him of all charges of terrorism.  Nigerians are also shocked that several IPOB members were shot and killed by the Nigerian Task Force at Onitsha for peacefully celebrating the release order and acquittal of their leader from terrorism and all changes by the Abuja Court. The continued detention of Mr. Nnamdi kanu, the executive director radio Biafra and leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who was arrested by the Nigerian State (DSS and Buhari/APC government) for speaking out against marginalization, oppression and gross injustice against SE region of the country and illegal detention of him by DDS, against court order, could escalate violence and spell doom for Nigeria.


I also want to be on record that I do not totally agree with Mr. Kanu’s radio broadcasts, however, I think that his continued detention after court order is outrageous and shows complete neglect of democratic principles and presidential system of government that Nigeria is currently engaged in.


By the way, Biafra consisting of SE & SS cannot be forced to part of a nation that that treats them as third-calls citizens.  They cannot be forced to be married to a harlot who cheats every day.


Recently, I read an interview granted by Dr. Junaid Mohammed and his outbursts that the “Igbos should be allowed to exit from Nigeria provided it is a peaceful exit.”  He said that “Igbos cannot be trusted with certain political positions in Nigeria.” The question to Dr. Mohammed is this: why are the Igbos being killed and massacred for just demanding what you are proposing?  He said lots of things that are incorrect and frankly I do not want to spend more than this statement to answer his ignorant rants and skimpy knowledge of Nigerian political history.  He can read my book on Nigeria’s Leadership Liability.


Even though, I do not personally subscribe to the division of Nigeria because of my perceived belief of the divine purpose for which God allowed the evil empire to amalgamate us – for the emancipation of the black race in this world – however, I do believe that a group of people meeting the UN requirements for self-determination, do have the fundamental basic human right under the principles of democratic principles and institution in we which we operate currently, to demand for freedom from oppression, repression and enslavement.  It is crude, wrong, mischievous and evil for 80-plus million people of SE & SS to continue to share a space where they are treated as third class citizens and nobodies in their own land – a region with vast oil resources and enormous human potential. 


And so the agitation for Biafra freedom from the Nigerian State is proper and it is mostly due to the unbridled greed of Igbo political leaders, lack of courageous leadership and a quest for authentic leadership in Igboland today.  But it is also due to the depth of degradation, wrenching problems and hopelessness in which the region has been subjugated to, purely for punitive reasons.


It has been 45 years since the end of the civil-war, when will the Nigerian State integrate Ndigbo in the affairs of the nation?  When will there be infrastructure and federal presence in Igboland?  When will SE/SS have an international airport, a seaport – an area especially SS surrounded by oceans.  When will there be passable federal roads to help people with movement of goods and services?  When will someone from SE/SS fly directly to the East without stopping in Lagos with all the hassles and risk traveling through dilapidated road and flying within Nigeria to go to East?  When will an Igbo become the president of Nigeria?  The structural atrocities are mind-boggling. 


The Nigerian State is evil, punitive and vindictive and president Buhari has taken it to a new level with his repressive po

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