Abuja-based constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Mike Ozhekhome, SAN, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 60th Independence anniversary broadcast, saying, he has misplaced contact with the Nigeria’s actuality in all ramifications.
In an announcement he personally signed and despatched to DAILY POST in Abuja on Thursday, the regulation Lord averred that Buhari made untenable assertions that depicted him as bereft of what to do in governing over 208 million Nigerians.
He was additional saddened that Buhari’s administration obtained it fallacious in taming the tide of corruption, whereas he additional nested corruption and improve woes of Nigerians by mountaineering pump gas and different social providers.
The assertion famous: “The published was lame, defensive, lacklustre, uninspiring and devoid of Presidential gravitas.
“It convinces extra that the president is out of tune with the stark actuality of a 208 million folks he governs be in contrast with some neighbouring international locations .
“I disagree with Mr president. Do lots of them produce oil? Are we not the seventh oil producer on this planet? Is Buhari conscious that almost all of our industries have relocated to, and located solace in these international locations?
“These economies he in contrast us with are higher, extra buoyant, much less populed and extra centered and productive than Nigeria. They don’t glanouralise and have fun corruption as a nationwide elementary goal and directive precept of state coverage as we do.”
Ozekhome recalled how President Muhammadu Buhari demonised former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s authorities over minimal improve in gas worth, however he elevated gas worth with reckless abandon.
“It’s also about credibility, integrity, honour and dignity. Did Buhari not be part of different Nigerians, together with the key gamers in his authorities, in January, 2012, to castigate and display on the streets in opposition to Jonathan’s minimal improve, arguing that it was corruption – laden and amounted to thievery?
“What has modified? Have the oil cartel he glowingly talked about vanished? Has his authorities not used greater than 3 times the sum utilized by three successive governments for importation of gas?
“Has he constructed a single refinery? Are those he met purposeful nonetheless working? I encourage, give me a break from the cluelessbess, propaganda and anti-people insurance policies of this opaque authorities.”