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Group unimpressed by Buhari's 150 days in office

30 October 2015, 16:11

Abuja - The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law has denounced President Muhammadu Buhari’s 150 days in office.

The group drew a list of the so-called 60 Constitutional sins and breaches of Buhari’s Presidency and 150 days in office Without Cabinet.

These so-called constitutional sins and breaches are divided into Electoral Sins & Breaches, Political Sins & Breaches, Judicial Sins & Interferences, Economic Policy Sins & Blunders and Security & Safety Policy Sins & Blunders.

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman of the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, said they were are all contrary to or in gross breaches of the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and its subsidiary laws of the Federation including relevant international rights treaties entered into by Nigeria through the instruments of ratification or domestication.

“They are referred to as constitutional sins because they violate the spirit of the Constitution and constitutional breaches because they violate the letters of the Constitution,” he said.

He noted that chiefly, Buhari recently marked 150 days in office without a cabinet but the screening of nominees he proposed to the Senate suggests that would be addressed soon.

“It is also observed by the Intersociety that Nigeria has in the past 150 been run and administered without a functional federal cabinet or government by Buhari’s Presidency,” he said.

Also read: 'Buhari has every reason to celebrate 100 days in office'

The fight against corruption features prominently in the list of “sins” with suggestions the administration was using “corruption to fight corruption and parroting corruption for the purpose of confusing Nigerians and the international community with intent to earn mechanical legitimacy or legitimacy of the graveyard.”

Buhari was said to be running and promoting governance policies of exclusion and segregation.

This included alleged promotion through nepotism and favoritism of corruption and abuse of office contrary to Section 15 (5) of the 1999 Constitution (abolition of corrupt practices and abuse of office).

The organisation alleged “manipulation and bastardization of the concept of corruption whereby only members of the opposition are labeled corruptor charged for corruption whereas morally dirty and indicted members of the ruling party were shielded or protected or have their court cases withdrawn or stampeded.”

Umeagbalasi cited the cases involving Abubakar Audu of Kogi State and Timipere Sylva of Bayelsa State.

- CAJ News


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