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Biafra: Why President Buhari Should Be Impeached And DSS Boss Lawal Daura, Arrested

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari in the farm with cattle

The song of "NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW" has suddenly been remembered since the federal government of Nigeria commenced moves to revoke the bail granted Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), rearrest him and slam him with fresh charges.

Some Nigerians especially lawyers have reacted, positing that NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, hence if found culpable, Kanu should be rearrested.

But why has President Muhamadu Buhari not been impeached, or Lawal Daura arrested? Or are they above the law?

Many people have criticized Donald Trump, POTUS, on a number of issues especially policies and his general attitude but we have not heard that he disobeyed any court order. The passion with which he entered office and his resolve to make America safer, I thought he would have, to achieve his aim, disregarded the decision of the court on the ban of those Islamic countries. But he didn't, showing that he is under the laws of the land and the constituted authorities of the state.

But the same is obviously not the case in Nigeria. President Muhamadu Buhari and Lawal Daura, the DSS boss, have proven to be ABOVE THE LAW. They disobeyed the decision of the court granting Nnamdi Kanu bail in 2015.

Chief Magistrate Shuaib Usman, before whom Nnamdi Kanu was first arraigned, granted Nnamdi Kanu conditional bail in Nov 2015 but Lawal Daura and Buhari refused to obey the order.

Chief Magistrate ordered that a surety of Grade Level 16 with a landed property in Garki or Wuse areas worth N20 million should be presented for the bail of Nnamdi Kanu but upon meeting the bail conditions, the prosecution refused to take the necessary step to confirm the location of the surety’s plot of land.

Instead, they (Buhari and Daura) went to secure an order, from the court of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of Federal High Court, to detain Nnamdi Kanu for further 90days.

Eventually, landing to the court of Ademola after Chief Magistrate Shuaib Usman discharged Kanu unconditionally, Justice Ademola ordered the DSS to release him unconditionally, stating in his ruling that "the continued detention of Mr Kanu after two months without trial violates Section 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution".

Justice Ademola also said that there was no law that permitted the DSS or any other security agency to detain Kanu or any Nigerian beyond two months when in actual fact there was no intention to put the person on trial.

The judge said that "with available facts before the court, the Department of State Services were not ready to grant bail or put Mr Kanu on trial hence releasing him unconditionally is the court's decision."

But did Muhamadu Buhari and Lawal Daura obey the order? The answer is NO. They flouted the order.

Also, a Federal High Court No 1 Uyo, in Akwa Ibom State, presided over by Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu delivered judgment on a fundamental Right Suit filed on behalf of Bright Chimezie against this same the State Security Services.

The judge ordered the State Security Service to release Bright Chimezie immediately, holding that Chimezie's detention was illegal, unconstitutional and a gross violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of liberty, freedom of movement, dignity of human person and presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

The judge, apart from ordering his immediate unconditional release, ordered the State Security Services to pay the sum of N5m(Five Million Naira) to Bright Chimezie as compensation for the gross violation of his fundamental human rights. But up till now, President Muhamadu Buhari and Lawal Daura refused to obey the order and Bright Chimezie is still languishing in the cell till now.

 Buhari and Daura have taken Nigerians for a ride. They feel that Nigerians are their slaves hence they decide what happens to them - when they should be free and when they should be released.

Apart from the ones mentioned above Buhari and Daura have in like manner flouted other courts' orders granting many Nigerians freedom, including the orders to release Col. Sambo Dasuki, the detained former National Security Adviser;  Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky, the Shiites leader arrested after brutally killing his followers on No Just Cause.

Even though ECOWAS Court of Justice has intervened in some of the cases, Buhari and Daura have remained recalcitrant. For example, ECOWAS Court ordered the immediate release of Sambo Dasuki but Buhari disregarded the order instead levelled amended charges against him.

Truly speaking, Buhari and Daura are destroying Nigeria and people are keeping quiet. Legal practitioners are not talking, neither are the defenders of democracy alive.

Buhari and Daura are only interested in the courts' decisions that favour them, hence any court order that does not go down well with them, they disregard.
Edozie Mazi
If their example of disobedience to courts' orders is emulated by Nigerians, Nigeria would have been in a state of anarchy. And if care is not taken to address this anomaly, Nigeria is irredeemably heading towards that state and Buhari and Daura should be held responsible for that.

Therefore, to redeem the country, Buhari should be impeached following his government's disobedience to constituted authorities in the country whom he, during his oath taking, swore to uphold and obey. And Lawal Daura, the DSS boss, should be arrested for disobeying courts' orders.

Moreover, apart from disobeying courts orders, President Buhari, during his medical treatment in London, was AWOL for over the Constitutional proviso of 90 days and therefore, should be impeached to show that he is not ABOVE the law of the country and its constitutional provisions.

If Buhari is not impeached, then, it means that he is ABOVE the law and other citizens and/or occupants in Nigeria should not be harassed if they disobey courts' orders or the laws of the land.

By Mazi Edozie 
For IPOB Writers


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