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Attack of Obi in Lagos: When Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu’s silence is not golden

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Not a few Nigerians were shocked when the news broke out on Saturday that some supporters of  Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, were waylaid on their way to the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) venue of the party’s presidential campaign grand finale in Lagos and brutally attacked by some hoodlums.

Shock, in this instance, is a mild word, considering the grievous implications of the development. The incident ought to evoke some serious apprehension and be given a graver reading, if the place of violence in the history of Nigerian politics is dug up and placed on the front burner. Many historians have recorded how the Operation Wetie during the internecine conflagration, of the Wild-Wild-West era, in the Western Region Region, today’s South West, directly triggered off a series of event that brought down Nigeria’s First Republic, thus, largely responsible for then ugly face of Nigeria today.

Regardless the authenticity and credibility, that aspect of the Nigerian historical narrative, the fact that it is being raised at all, whether as mere spin or not, underscores the danger of violence and its concomitant import in the political life of a people. It is simply too dangerous to import it into politics at every level. That is why, everybody ought to be worried. That is why apprehension must replace shock and action must replace docility at this point.

Of course, for sometime now, there seems to have been a buildup to the incident. In various street corners and in the social media, the discourse around the 2023 politics, especially in Lagos, had given vent to some dangerous toxicity that ought to have wrung the bell in some informed and critical ears. The putrid smell had suffused the political firmament before now.

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According to reports, the LP supporters were attacked with machetes and other objects as they made their way to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) where the rally was to be held. In fact, but for the quick intervention of some medical personnel at TBS, who reportedly had their hands full as they attended to the injured, the story might have been different.

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Who knows what might have been the fate of those seen in the viral videos and pictures of the incident, seen palpably wounded and in agony with parts of their bodies, heavily bandaged? Some of them could actually have bled to death for all anyone could know.

In fact, the reports say, the incident was a coordinated attack, as the hoodlums were said to have waylaid the LP supporters around Jakande in Lekki and at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) venue of the rally on Lagos Island, destroying their vehicles and inflicting deep machete wounds on them.

How else would anyone underscore the danger it portends, not only to the democratic ethos of the country, but the impact it could have, were it to be mimicked and replicated in other parts of the country.

Who are these people? Who sent them? What is their motive? Of course, fingers are being pointed at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. There is the allegation that the party has forbidden any resident in Lagos to vote any other candidate outside its own at the various levels of political offices at the pain of physical harm or even death.

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Those, who carried out the attack and similar ones before now, were enforcers, unleashed to carry out orders in this direction. In fact, the social media is awash with recorded messages, where clear instructions were being dished out to some residents of the state from other parts of the country as to the direction they must vote, at the price of peaceful existence, habitation and business in the state.

In one of such particular tapes, said to emanate from one of the suburbs, the residents were being warned that they must record their choice of votes at the polls with their cameras, regardless that it is criminal offence to do so, just to prove that they voted for the APC candidates.

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Of course, these stories, remain at the level of allegations. But real or imagined, the message are not only very clear, but the implications are very dire and dangerous, given that some members of the public, among them political brigands could act on them either as lone loose cannons or at the direction and instruction of higher authorities.

That is why those in authority in the state must come out with decisive, clear messages on where they stand on the dangerous development. It is not edifying that no words have come from the Lagos State Government, where the incident happened or Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor or Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the alter ego of the state and currently the National Leader and presidential candidate of the APC.

Obi, who in his quick reaction, had described the attack as “troubling,” urging the police to fish out those responsible, had given further details, saying: “I received reports that four members of the Obidient Family were attacked and injured in Lagos ahead of today’s rally. That incident, premeditated or not, is deeply troubling. Such act stands vehemently condemned.

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“We cannot continue to tolerate attacks on members of the political opposition, often fuelled by the incendiary rhetorics of political leaders. The new Nigeria that we seek is one founded on peace and justice, and the respect for the rule of law. I call on the Lagos State security agencies to fish out those responsible for the attacks.”

Benjamin Hundeyin, spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, who also gave details of the incident, said operatives were already investigating the matter, adding that the attack was regrettable and that witnesses were already helping the police with relevant information.

“The Jakande Ward Chairman of the Labour Party commendably reported an attack on his party members at Ilasan Division. Four injured persons have been given medical attention. The Divisional Police Officer, Ilasan, has commenced preliminary investigations while the State Criminal Investigation Department is to fully take over investigations.

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“The injured and other witnesses are assisting the Police with relevant information that would aid the apprehension and prosecution of the attackers. This attack is reprehensible! It is verifiable that the Command had stationed, since yesterday, patrol vehicles and officers at the Tafawa Balewa Square venue of today’s rally. We had already secured the venue to prevent any breakdown of law and order,” Hundeyin said in a series of tweets on Saturday.

Yet for Sanwo-Olu, et al, mum has remained the word. This is not healthy at all. This is not a time to be silent. Yes, silence is said to be golden. But not at this time. Outside politics, this is his state and he is in charge. Nobody should spell out to him that the security and welfare of residents in Lagos, remains his primary duty in office, regardless of who they are and whatever political leaning.

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Outside a clear message to rein in such occurrence, either by quickly putting a machinery in place that would lead to the arrest of the hoodlums, he must be conscious of the fact that silence in this case, could mean either a tacit support or full endorsement of the attack, willy-nilly.

Suppose other states took a cue from the narrative in Lagos that residents must vote in one direction and insist that in their own domains as well, non-indigenes must also toe the line, where then lies the value of choice, which is the liv-ewire of democracy via election, as the most critical component? In the first place, would it not be foolish to assume that only Lagos alone is the make or mar state for the victory of the APC?

For us at the WhirlwindNews, it is not only an appeal, but a demand Nigerians and the world at large must make at this point. The powers that be in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu, et al, must stand up and speak. Now!

 

 

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Parlous fate of the Naira: Did Shettima actually call Nigerians ‘clowns?’

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“It is not only disheartening and disenchanting, but also heartbreaking that yesterday when the Naira plummeted to N1,500 to the dollar, instead of us to coagulate into a single force and salvage our nation economy, sadly, some clowns are celebrating on Twitter of an impending implosion of the Nigerian economy.”

Only a passive observer will fail to see the mortal danger in this statement, made by Vice President, Kashim Shettima, last week. Apart from the obviously and inherently inelegant language, unexpected of a senior government official, let alone Nigeria’s number two citizen, it points to danger.

Whenever leaders and those in authority appear vulnerable to criticisms, or afraid of hearing the truth, it signals frustration, a dangerous element, which whenever it sets in, brings nothing good. This is the reason Nigerians must activate their antenna from now on.

Why did Harold kill John the Baptist? Answer! He was a thorn in the flesh of the royal family. His immediate and specific sin particularly, was that he told him that it was wrong for him to marry Herodias, the wife of his half-brother, Herod Antipas.

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That has been the pattern. Across history, dictators and bad governments, had always been loathing of any form of criticisms and in most cases put those involved down, sometimes in the most vicious and brutal manners. History is replete across the world of examples. As a result, history is replete with tales of how people died in the most horrible ways, including being roasted like animals, burnt on stakes, their heads chopped off by guillotines or subjected to extreme hunger.

Nigeria is no different. It was in Nigeria that a journalist, Minere Amakiri, had his head shaved with broken bottle on the orders of a governor, for pointing the flaws of his government, said to be decked in wanton revelry, unchecked profligacy, careless overindulgence, mindless waste and mindboggling extravagance.

It was in Nigeria that Kalakuta Republic, owned by the foremost Afrobeat maestro, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, was razed down by the infamous unknown solders, and had himself in and out of detention for his unflinching attacks against bad leaders. It was in this same country that Dele Giwa, Nigeria’s foremost celebrated doyen of journalism had his bowels, blown open by a parcel bomb due to his fearless knack for speaking truth to power and holding leaders accountable.

It was here that Gani Faweihinmi, almost lived inside prisons as much as he did outside for constantly pricking the conscience of evil leaders Nigeria were constantly cursed with, alongside many of his colleagues in the civil society struggles like Olisa Agbakoba, founder of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Beko Ransome Kuti, Abdul Oroh, Femi Falana, among others.

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It was in Nigeria that officials and members of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), were harried by day and haunted by night, with many of them scampering out of the country, some through bush-paths to escape the bloodthirsty government that desperately wanted their hides, one of them Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the current President of Nigeria.

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In fact, the likes of Tinubu, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Obioha, Kayode Fayemi, among others who successfully fled the country, were counted as the lucky ones as many others were brutally murdered or escaped death by the skins of their teeth.

Here is a short list to ginger back the mind to that eerie era. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, a General and former Chief of Army Staff, who died mysteriously inside Abakaliki prison, Emmanuel Olu Omotehinwa, an Admiral in the Nigerian Navy, who was shot in his home at Ikoyi in May 1996, Kudirat Abiola, wife of Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, who was shot and killed near 7UP junction at Ikeja, on June 4, 1996, 80-year-old Bisoye Tejuosho, Iyalode of Egba and mother of Dapo Tejuosho, the current Osile of Oke Ona, Suliat Adedeji, Ibadan-based businesswoman and politician, shot and killed in her residence in November 1996.

There were also, Toyin Onagoruwa, son of Olu Onagoruwa, who was shot in front of the father’s house at Yaba, Lagos, on December 18, 1996, Alfred Rewane, NADECO chieftain, killed on October 6, 1995, Babatunde Elegbede, an Admiral in the Nigerian Navy and former Chief of Defence Intelligence, who was shot dead along Gbagada-Oworonshoki Expressway on June 19, 1994.

There was Bagauda Kaltho, a reporter with The News magazine, who suddenly disappeared in 1995, and whose death is being linked in certain quarters to a bomb blast at Durbar Hotel in Kaduna. There was the late Alex Ibru, former Minister of External Affairs and Publisher of The Guardian, who escaped death narrowly after his vehicle was sprayed with bullets on Falomo Bridge, in Ikoyi area of Lagos. Though he survived after losing one eye, Chinedu Offoaro, a reporter with same publication, was not that lucky as he has remained missing since his disappearance in May 1996.

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It is important to travel this road of history to project the fact that criticisms are not sweet music to the ears of leaders, especially bad leaders. Yes, it could really be argued that most of the cases happened under the military. That may not be totally true. There had been many cases of oppression against vocal voices in the society since 1999, when civilians took over.

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As usual, the major casualties, were journalists. Till date, the death of Godwin Agbroko, former Chairman of Editorial Board of ThisDay, remains a mystery. Nobody has found the killers of Bayo Ohu, Assistant Editor with The Guardian, who was killed in his home on September 20, 2009, or Aboyomi Ogundeji, a member of the Editorial Board of ThisDay, who fell under a hail of bullets by some gunmen along Dopemu, a week earlier on September 9, 2009.

Apart from these cases of fatalities, there are numerous others of reporters being pulled out of their desks by security operatives under one guise or the other and had one trumped up charge or another hung on their necks, for as much as exposing or criticising the ills of a government.

Take the case of Agba Jalingo, Publisher of Cross River Watch. He once spent a total of 179 days in detention after he was arrested between 2019, and again 2020 for accusing Ben Ayade, then governor of monkeying around with N500million belonging to the state, and was slammed with charges of terrorism, treasonable felony, and cybercrime, and incarcerated for almost six months, before he was released.

Then, in 2022, he was a guest of the prisons once again, when he was arrested and detained at the Kuje Correctional Centre on the orders of the Federal High Court, Abuja for defaming Elizabeth Ayade, the wife of Frank Ayade, a brother of Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade.

His arrest, which was carried out by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, saw another set of charges, who had laid siege on his home in Abuja, was that his publication false and was released “for the purpose of causing her annoyance, ill will, and insult,” on the person of Ayade, with offence, punishable by Section 24 (1)b of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

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So, you see the danger and why Nigerians should begin to worry. An intolerant government, could go to the extreme to exert its anger on the people without suffering consequences as had been shown either in the situation during the military era in Nigeria, where nobody was brought to book for either the brutality the officials unleashed on the people or the fatalities to boot, or in less, yet damaging situations, such as used by the likes of Ayade. In each case, there is always the weapon of state.

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Meanwhile, in the instant case, the VP seems to be blaming everyone else but himself. This was the selfsame Shettima, who almost ate Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party in 2023, for suggesting that it is a huge waste of money to spend a whopping N15billion to complete his official residence in Abuja, as reflected in this year’s budget and another N3billion for that of Lagos, when a paltry N5billion was allotted to students’ loans.

It does not occur to him that he is the guilty party here and instead of his transferred aggression, a simple reversal of policies, would do the magic and earn him the elusive love he obviously seems to crave at times like this.

You want Nigerians who are the real victims of the current poor rating of the Naira to be clapping for you when you looked them in the face and mocked, thumbed your nose and stuck out your tongue against them when they told you beforehand that the road you are travelling would lead to perdition.

They told you that this was the wrong time for the country to be spending N5billion for a yacht for the President; that spending about N30billion for luxury cars for the President, at this time was blue murder; that the wife of the President has no place in government to enjoy N1.5billion worth of luxurious vehicles when many Nigerians are out of school and that it was completely unthinkable to spend N160million to buy a vehicle each for the 360 members of the House of Representatives and more for 109 members of the Senate.

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You ignored all these, and while rolling yourself in grand opulence, you now want the same Nigerians to cover their heads in ashes and go into mourning. What a way of beating a child and denying it the pleasure of crying!

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Nigeria in distress: Why blame Tinubu?

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Did Bola Tinubu at anytime during the pendency of his quest or the campaigns for the 2023 presidential election project himself as possessing the capacity to run Nigeria? If yes, at what point? Was it at the campaign grounds that were suffused at each point with some melodramas that at the best presented the audience and Nigerians in general with some comic reliefs and at the worst, foretold the impending doom his possible presidency could conduce?

Was it at the townhall meeting in Owerri, Imo State, where he created that Bala-blu, bulaba, wacky musical conjunction that became a kind of national mantra even children participated in mimicking? Could it be in Port Harcourt, where at the singing of the National Anthem, he raised his walking stick like Professor Pella before his magical acts?

Was it in Bauchi or Kano where he only danced to music or in Ogun, where he told the people so re-assuredly that he would win, come rain, come shine? Where indeed did Tinubu present himself in any manner capable of promoting some confidence that in him, Nigeria could have a breather from the cataclysmic eruption of pure violence across the country at that time that left the people sleeping with both eyes open?

Where did he demonstrate the littlest understanding of the monstrous economic crisis that had at that time plunged the country into the bottomless pit of hopelessness and millions of hitherto thriving citizens into the nadir of fiscal penury, poverty and want that signposted the entire disastrous eight years of former President Muhammadu Buhari, let alone have a solution for the situation?

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Was it in practically mocking Nigerians by scoffing at the various presidential debates where candidates were supposed to not only personally own the manifestos that could have been written for them by some experts in the cozy rooms in their consulting offices, but project them with clarity of thoughts and understanding as his opponents strove to? Was it at the Chatham House, where he farmed out virtually all the direct questions he was meant to answer to his retinue of hangers-on that are now mostly in charge of the country?

So, why then blame him for the situation where Nigeria is today, galloping from the critical state of the Buhari years to the fatal – endgame period the country is now witnessing with one dollar exchanging in the last hour at above N1,500? Nemo dat quod non habet, the Latin word for “no one can give what they do not have,” is the simple explanation for the systematic bastardisation of Nigeria today.

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Just like Buhari, who ought not pass beyond a local chief or at best Emir of Daura, but pitiably became President of Nigeria and as a result inflicted it with the multifaceted disease in the polity today, Tinubu simply does not have what it takes to pull the country out of the woods. Indeed, the current experience is just the beginning because there are more and would be more, where the present suffering in the land is domiciled.

It would be a good bet to suggest that Tinubu himself knows that he has no solution, assuming he has any desire to do good with the powers he now has. Else, how could he choose this period as the best time to jet out of the country on a “private visit” to France? Who does that? Not even the infamous Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, with all the gory story around him nor Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic (CAR) said to use human flesh as desert after dinner or even their Nigerian equivalent, Sani Abacha, could have been more insensitive.

Of course, nobody with close eyes on the situation of Lagos in the last two decades is likely to entertain any iota of doubt at the odious fate sure to beset Nigeria in the next eight years that Tinubu is likely to remain in office. It is a period Nigerians are likely to eat each other for food, because by the time the hands of the clock turn, only those in the corridors of power and those associated with them, would likely find or afford real food.

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Ostensibly, Tinubu’s disastrous outing in the state in the last presidential election, in spite his vice grip on its levers of power in the last 24 years, underscores the fact that Nigerians are not daft, especially those in Lagos, regardless the attempt by some to infer otherwise. Nigerians know the reason the only response those in charge of the state has right now is to resort to the pure intimidation of bulldozing the houses of some residents to whip them into line. It is simply meant to divert attention from the reality.

Yes! As Nigerians were no daft in Lagos, so, they were not anywhere nationwide. Not in Abuja, not in Borno, not in Kano or Kaduna, not in Benue, Oyo, Edo, Akwa-Ibom or Enugu and certainly not in all the military formations in Nigeria, where election bandits had no access.

It takes only an imbecile or demons sworn to mortal attack on the Nigerian nationhood who are prancing about today, enjoying every bit of the horrible situation of the country, to say that they do not know the true winner of the 2023 presidential election, an event which is the beginning and end of the present state of the nation.

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Yes! If indeed the true winner of that election had been allowed to emerge and the New Nigeria, citizens had hoped to create by the momentum they generated, there is no telling the fact that the situation would have been different. If anything, there would have been some direct and manifest steps to mitigate it if not totally reverse it. But what did you have? That effort was killed. The plant was attacked at its roots by vested interests before it could bear the desired fruit.

So, instead of blaming Tinubu, blame the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for that “Technical Glitches,” that ensured that INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) was shut down on the day of the presidential election. But more than that, blame the judiciary – those judges at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) and their senior brothers at the Supreme Court.

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Yes! If INEC under Yakubu Mahmood, had been as forthright as that of National Electoral Commission (NEC) in Ghana led by Kwado Afary-Gyan that refused to declare Nana Akufo Addo, President in 2008, who won at the first balloting but missed the benchmark for outright win by a tiny fraction, Nigeria would not be where it is today.

On the other hand if the courts had put a stop to the institutional heist that underscored the 2023 elections, as they did elsewhere, including Kenya where David Maraga, the Chief Justice, cancelled a presidential poll “because it was not conducted in accordance with the constitution,” and ordered a repeat, it would have, apart from resetting the brains of the election managers, sent a clear message on vital democratic ethos and the need to do the right thing.

Was it not surprising that Tinubu never showed any iota of doubt about winning the last election in spite of his obvious shortcomings? What gave him that confidence? Whatever aided him to do so, is where the focus of Nigerians should be right now, not on him as a person.

That is the exactly the reason he would be striding about in the lush garden or rolling gingerly in his posh sofa, remote control in hand and sipping the best of French wines, in his current abode in Paris, while Nigeria practically burns.

At the last count, 2,423 Nigerians are said to have been killed while 1,872, were kidnapped in the last eight months Tinubu has been in power. Of course, this is conservative from the actual picture, because many of the cases are unreported. Yet, even as this is enough to bring down any government, the latest engagement of the President is to appear in photo-ups with Daniel Bwala, former spokesman of Atiku Abubakar, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent in the last election. It must have been such a big catch worthy of celebration. Now with that as the main priority, you could be sure what the picture would look like in the next eight years by the time he is done.

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But even if that Armageddon comes and half of Nigeria is wiped out by bandits and more are kept in the bush by kidnappers, even if Naira, which today stands at N1,500 to a dollar, exchanges for N10,000 to a dollar in the next eight years, which is not unlikely and most citizens exhaust all the rats and lizards likely to be the only remaining source of meat they could afford, Tinubu will still win the next election.

No one needs look far for the reason. As long as the vested interests, whose only desire is to maintain a status quo where a large chunk of the proceeds from oil production in the Niger Delta ends in private pockets or create a situation in Plateau and Zamfara where locals are sacked from their ancestral land for illegal miners to take over or enable gun manufacturers abroad keep their factories booming by creating conflicts and human carnage in Borno, Katsina, Imo, Benue and other theatres of bloody conflicts, are in control, the story will remain the same.

INEC will do the needful in the next election. The courts will sanction it, the international community, will play their complicit role in hailing it, just as they hailed the last election and are presently hailing the current economic gymnastics that have led to the soaring crisis in the county as the best step.

To boot, there will be many Bayo Onanugas to tackle any Atiku or Peter Obi that may have the temerity to challenge the ugly situation as sour losers of election still nursing the wounds of their defeat, while Nigeria will ultimately continue in the circle of doom.

Make no mistake about it, these vested interests were there before Tinubu and they will be there after him and unless by divine miracle something positive happens to change the trajectory, they will be there long after the bones of the current players become dust. So, instead of wasting time blaming Tinubu, the focus should be to look for that divine miracle. Else, the tragedy continues!

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Supreme Court: Serving death in the temple of justice

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Out of the lengthy and most times verbose expressions with which cases are determined in court, the only key distillation any right-thinking member of the society is usually concerned with is the popular principle of justice – justice must not only be done, but seen to be done. Anything else are just empty words.

It is quite apposite that the late Chukwudifu Oputa, Justice of the Supreme Court (JSC), as he then was, stretched it more for further and better understanding by propounding and defining the three-way traffic concept – justice must be done to the accused, the accuser and the society.

Now, from foregoing, could any right-thinking member of the Nigerian society, divested of personal biases, look at the verdicts flowing out of the mouth of judges in Nigeria today and pronounce them justice in the context of the principles laid out.

As the late Obiora Nwazota, Justice of the High Court of Anambra State, once explained, right-thinking members of the society should not be sought among fishmongers at Ose Okwodu market in Onitsha. What the principle has in mind is someone with basic education that must have equipped him with some fundamental elements of knowledge, he reasoned.

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But even for the purposes of argument, let us include those fishmongers or the women selling fruits and vegetables at Ketu market in Lagos. Would they look at what happened in the 2023 general elections and after linking it with the subsequent court verdicts call the outcomes justice in real terms? That must inform the correct reading of the entire gamut of judicial content of the nation’s democratic package and its assessment at this time.

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Now, let us take a critical look at the nature of judgement in giving further impetus and assessment to those verdicts. Did anyone else notice that virtually all the judgements from the Governorship, Houses of Assembly and National Assembly Election Petition Tribunals, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) and finally the Supreme Court panels, were unanimous? Was it not strange? Was it a mere coincidence that none of the judges dissented at any point with the positions of their colleagues?

How is this possible if indeed there were no external influences and the judges were just thinking and acting on their own? If actually any of the judges wrote a dissenting judgement from the tribunals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, it must be an isolated case. So, how is it that the judges would always agree on one issue in the same manner?

Justice Inyang Okoro, in closing on his lead judgement in the case of Atiku Abubakar, challenging the election of President Bola Tinubu, had admonished Nigerians to “always learn to respect the courts.” Of course, the courts must be respected because they have been likened to temples which impose not only total piety from worshippers but obeisance.

But was it not from such a temple that Paul Mackenzie served death to adherents of the Kenyan church – Good News International Ministries – between 2022 and 2023, when he asked and watched them to starve to death in order to meet Jesus?

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Was it not from the same temple that Jim Jones, Peoples Temple founder, on November 18, 1978, led hundreds of his followers to a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana when they willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint, which led, at the final count to the death of 909 souls, a third of them children?

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What this means is that death could come from even the most virtuous sanctuaries and respected quarters. Looking at it critically, would anyone boldly and accurately claim that the courts in Nigeria have not served the people death in place of life, in a manner similar to the two cases above and numerous others that may not be reported, by those recent pronouncements?

Come to think of it, death does not come only when the head is cut off or somebody is shot with a gun and dies instantly. There is also slow, painful death, which could result from hunger and disease or psychologically from denial of justice.

Take for instance, when a woman is denied the husband’s properties by the relations or a poor man loses his only piece of land to a rich and powerful village chief who employs a powerful lawyer to defend his atrocity, what kind of life would they live and what kind of death is expected, if not miserable life and slow, painful one?

In the same vein, when a court by its verdict, sanctions and validates the worst election in history, what is the consequence? Look at the picture of Nigeria today. See how the people, whose dreams have been killed are practically being served death on a platter by an oppressive and evil government that have been enthroned. This group of privileged people, with the levers of power are openly, deliberately and wickedly denying the rest the basic needs of life, while they wine and dine in lavish opulence?

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More tragic is the suggestion that Nigerians are fools that do not know their left from their right or totally blind to the colour of justice or injustice once the wool is pulled over their eyes. Look at the recent Supreme Court judgement. Anyone could laugh at the inanity of it all. Only an imbecile will fail to notice that the carry-go judgements are mere tokenism to assuage the huge damage already wrought on the polity in the presidential election petition.

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Even a plane on autopilot or a programmed robot would not be as placid and monotonic. Even in the worst of times before now, there had always been one or two instances where elections were cancelled, results upturned or fresh polls are ordered. But now, even such face-saving minimum has become too much to allow. The meaning is of course obvious – just get there, press the right buttons and the rest is easy.

Yes! In the worst case scenario, just throw some small bones at them to clutch. Imagine Atiku, jumping around and hugging the same Supreme Court he spared no words to lampoon just a few months back, simply because it reversed the verdict of the Court of Appeal in Plateau State. That is how well they seem to have read the polity.

With Kano, Zamfara and Kaduna finally spared, who is likely to continue talking about those women who went stark naked in Nasarawa State to protest the electoral heist committed against them? Their case has died a natural death. Henceforward Nigeria will move on. Tragic!

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