- One of the constitutional duties of the minister of justice is enforcing the laws and guide them from being broken. This responsibility is not limited to individuals but extend to organs and institutions of government. We do not expect the Attorney General to take any preventive measures on issues that are still recondite. But when an issue has been pronounced upon by several courts to the extent that it has become trite, the minister of justice is beholden to the nation to take steps from preventing reoccurrence of such breaches in the interest of the integrity of the country.
- The recent suspension of senator Ovie Omo-agege on Thursday, the 12th day of April ,2018 which has been looming for several weeks over a statement made by him, on the sequencing of elections in the Electoral Act amendment bill could have been stopped by the minister of justice, if indeed he took his responsibility of protecting the laws of the country seriously.
- For as long as the minister of justice does not rise to the occasion to proactively stop the constitution from being desecrated and shredded so long shall we have this regime of impunity that has now become the forte of the leadership of the Senate and house of representatives as a clog to the growth of democratic culture, governance and development of the country
- But now that we are having on our hands a repeat too many to condone, in the latest imperial action of the Senate, in suspending an elected senator who is the voice and mouthpiece of more than two million people of delta central senatorial district with a backlash that could debilitate the weak fabric of our federation especially with the perception of constituents hard hit by the suspension order that they are being technically excised from Nigeria, there cannot be a more apposite time than this for the minister to rise up to the challenge by initiating legal measures to arrest the ugly and disgusting situation with a view to reassuring the people of Delta central senatorial district who have vowed to protect their rights recognized by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Africa Charter on Human & people’s right that they are valued and recognized as an integral part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In the past, that was the trend that helped grow democratic culture and values as witnessed by instituting of court cases by state governments against the federal government and vice versa on issues they considered as encroachment on constitutional provisions.
This is the time to go back to the regime of deploying legal measures to curb the excesses of people and organs/ institutions of government. This option is far more rewarding than the Gestapo approach of using anti-corruption agencies to harass and intimidate people the hallmark of president Obasanjo’ s government still flickering in this government with little success to show for it because president Muhammadu Buhari is not gifted with a sadistic temperament for such abusive actions. Nigerians can still remember the number of Senate presidents, governors and PDP national chairmen illegally removed from office by Obasanjo’s barbaric practices. We, therefore, call on the Attorney General to always do the needful to protect our democracy and restrain people from advocating and calling for autocratic measures of Obasanjo that should be trashed forever.
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