Even though President Buhari has failed to address the nation at the times when we all expected him to, it would have been very strange if he did

By the People's Bishop Kenneth Obi

Even though President Buhari has failed to address the nation at the times when we all expected him to, it would have been very strange if he did not make an address today. No one expected anything significant, but then again, no one expected him to address certain issues.

In the last one week, we have watched with jaded fascination the DSS and by extension, the Federal Government, ignore the rulings of the court and refuse to set Yele Sowore free. As questions began to roll out and demands started to arise from camps seemingly loyal to the presidency, we were greeted with the news that no one charged with treason should be released on bail.

It is moot at this point to ask why Sowore is being charged with treason on the sole basis of his words alone, which in themselves seem to contradict each other. Recall that the calls for his August 1st Revolution Now protest was just that- a protest to demand a change in the way the country is being run, even if it meant asking the president to step down. 

Besides, no right-thinking person would ever imagine that someone attempting to overthrow a government would warn it beforehand, and would do so as publicly as Sowore did.

Disobeying the orders of a judge who should know the tenets of the law completely, and insisting on your own judgment and interpretation of the law is how dictators are born. Yet, the DSS not only insists on doing this, but it also doing it with extreme confidence, seeing as it completely ignored the Federal High Court in Abuja that threatened its boss with prison time for contempt of court.

And part of the President’s address today seems to explain the origin of this surreal confidence. In his independence day speech, President Buhari said among other things:

 “Our attention is increasingly being focused on cyber-crimes and the abuse of technology through hate speech and other divisive material being propagated on social media. Whilst we uphold the Constitutional rights of our people to freedom of expression and association, where the purported exercise of these rights infringes on the rights of other citizens or threatens to undermine our National Security, we will take firm and decisive action.”

Of course, he is right. The territorial integrity of our sovereign nation must be protected at all times. But if we are judging this statement vis à vis those who have been arrested and are in arbitrary detention now, the inherent paradox immediately becomes apparent. If anything, it is a crackdown on freedom of speech and locking up citizens on trumped-up charges that infringe on their rights and threatens our collective security.

Today reminds us of the moment the British transferred power and authority into our hands. The Nigerians who demanded independence and got it 59 years ago must surely not have envisaged the country in its present state. 

They must have wanted a land that was truly free; a land where every Nigerian will have a say in the way the country will be run, and one that would be beneficial to every single citizen without infringing on their rights and freedom.

This is the Nigeria that we want, and no matter how much the rich and powerful try to hold this back from us, it will be the Nigeria that we will get. Eventually.

Let the owners of Nigeria and their cronies celebrate the Day they have murdered in their quest to amass wealth and additional power to steal. May God save Nigerians! Notice that I do not say Nigeria! And that's my solution if only you are ready to GETTING STARTED.

Mr Corruption was buried March 23rd, 2019 for a Better Nigeria let keep him permanently Dead.
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