Buhari Govt Has Failed, Just Focusing On Violating Citizens' Rights – Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike has called out the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, lamenting that the government has failed in its responsibilities to the people.
Wike asserted that in the past six years since Buhari came into power, Nigeria has witnessed bad governance, insecurity, economic woes, and many other challenges that have never happened before.
The Governor also accused the government of President Buhari of using security agencies to constantly harass perceived enemies in an effort to shut everybody up.
He argued that the judiciary that should be the hope of the common man and be an avenue for justice to be dispensed have also been largely brought under due to the pressures of satisfying some particular sections of the society.
Governor Wike made the submissions on Monday when he spoke at the 61st Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Conference at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He challenged the judiciary to be more alive to their responsibilities and stand up to fight for the rights of the citizens.
According to the Rivers State Governor, there is no better time for the NBA to revisit the legacy of upholding the values of judicial independence, human rights, and the rule of law as enshrined in the constitution than now.
Wike said “Never in our political history has Nigeria been so badly governed and denied of good governance with the federal government woefully failing in its basic duties to provide for the wellbeing and security of its own citizens as we have experienced in the last six years.
“On a daily basis, the economic, social and political rights, including the rights to personal security, freedom of speech, association, dissent and peaceful protests, as well as the right to personal liberty are being violated with impunity by the present central administration and its security apparatus.
“The invasion on personal liberty has been brazen and indiscriminate, such that even judges of the superior courts, including Supreme Court justices, have in the recent past been victims of midnight assaults on their premises and subjection to unlawful arrests and imprisonments.
“Lately, the new devious trend is to tag security risks to innocent Nigerians and opposition elements and use the Immigration Authority to seize their international passports without a prior court order.”