Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to run an administration that will engage citizens to promote dialogue, partnership and understanding in 2020. Buhari, whose consistent human right violation activities has sparked interest from all over the nation and beyond said this in his New Year message to Nigerians.
Nevertheless, the promise is not a guarantee that Buhari would comply with the rule of law as he has often said so and turns around to damn the Nigerian constitution. It was most shocking to learn that after holding activist and publisher Omoyele Sowere and Col. Sambo Dasuki against court’s order for them to be released, the Buhari led administration through the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, claimed that releasing the duo was a compliance and respect for the rule of law.
Moreover, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is characterised with different acts of human rights violation with activists and critics arrested and illegally detained at different stations across the country.
During his New Year message to Nigerians, Buhari said, “Our actions at all times will be governed by the rule of law.
“At the same time, we shall look always to engage with all well-meaning leaders and citizens of goodwill to promote dialogue, partnership and understanding.
“We need a democratic government that can guarantee peace and security to realise the full potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working people.
“Our policies are designed to promote genuine, balanced growth that delivers jobs and rewards industry.”
The president’s message did not come with any form of fresh assurance to boost the hope of Nigerians that he will henceforth comply with the rule of law. He only did the needful, which is sending a New Year message to the citizens.
We will at all times remind the president that Nigeria is the biggest democracy in Africa, therefore, the need to be an exemplary democrat beam.