In a presidential system such as Nigeria is practicing, the buck stops on the president’s table. It is his duty, using the apparatus of state, to safeguard the unity, peace, progress and the continuous existence of Nigeria. Where an arm of government like the Judiciary gives an order or judgment, it is the duty of the executive led by the president to, as soon as it is safe to do so, execute the order or judgement.
This constitutionally assigned role is what President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated last week with the release of Omoyele Sowore and Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Rather than applauding him, cynics went to town, musing or adducing all manner of theories. This is typical of the Ketekete Syndrome I was spoke of.
In the ‘evergreen’ song of the music maestro, Chief Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, “The Horse, The Man & The son”, he cautioned that there is no wisdom or technique you can apply that will satisfy mankind. In that song, he relived a story of an old man, his son and their horse. The old man while embarking on a journey with his son and the horse, climbed the horse, while his son walk along. Not too far-off, they met a man who severely criticized the old man for riding on the horse while his son treks.
Confused on what next to do, the old man stepped down from the horse and had his son ride on the horse while he trekked along. Not too far off, they met another man who severely criticized the old man, and referred to him as foolish because he allowed his son to ride on the horse, while he trekked along. The old man wondered what he will do to please mankind. He decided to climb the horse along with his son. Not too far off, they met another man who wondered why the old man and his son were riding the horse at the same time, querying if they wanted to kill the horse.
The old man was again confused on what next to do to please mankind. The old man and his son decided to disembark from the horse and trek along with the horse. Not too far off, they met another person who called the old man and his son slaves for trekking along with the horse instead of riding on it.
The latest antics of detractors to water down the significance of the release Sowore and Dasuki to score cheap political point, is nothing different from the Ketekete Syndrome.
The All Progressives Congress-led federal government had on Tuesday, December 24 demonstrated its unflinching adherence to the Rule of Law with the release of Dasuki and Sowore, who are being held for corruption and treason related crimes. Upon the release of the duo, the never-do-well chalartans went to town with all manner of diversionary theory of why they were released. In their gross display of absurdity, they have insinuated that the president’s action was premised on a letter he received from the United States Government. Nothing can be more misleading than this frivolous insinuation.
Those miscontruing or hatching all manners of diversionary theories to explain President Buhari’s magnanimity are playing the Ostrich who hides its head in the dust, thinking no one sees it. The motives of this disgruntled elements are so clear: to save their faces from shame because of their earlier cooked up propaganda that PMB’s government is ardent in the disobedience of the Rule of Law. Now that the federal government have demonstrated to the contrary, their next tactics is to read meanings.
The former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair noted more than a decade ago that the hallmark of an exceptional leader is the ability to say ‘no’. In this connection, President Muhammadu Buhari ought to have attracted accolades and commendation, instead of condemnation for his strength of character in containing the ‘enemies’ of Nigeria.
If not that these critics are only being mischievous, despite political leaning and interests, we should give credit to the current government under the leadership of President Buhari for his strict adherence to the Rule of Law. It is on record that when the Supreme Court decided against his party, the APC, in Zamfara State governorship tussle, the president promptly obeyed the order of the court, installing the PDP candidate, Muhammed Mattawale as the governor of Zamfara State.
Examples like the foregoing are endless. Were we not all in this country when the court granted bail to the leader of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu? Did the Buhari government hold him in detention despite the gravity of his offence?
It was the same ball game with River State election tussle. The Supreme Court decided that the APC, the President’s party, was not qualified to field candidates. Did President Buhari obeyed the court order or not?
Most recently, the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, a member of the president’s own party was sentenced to 12 years for fraud. Was the court Judgement executed or not? Even when Senator Kalu appealed for bail, did the president attempt to influence it?
President Buhari has once again shamed the armshair critics, who see nothing good in every step he takes in a bid to safeguard Nigeria and to reposition it on the part of sustainable progress. Come to think of it, state institutions don’t work in isolation but complement each other, hence, the Judiciary must also work with other institutions of state like the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Police to ensure that potential threats to national security are nipped in the bud.
With the release of Col Dasuki and Sowore, should these lunatics called critics not go and hug a live transformer to electrocute their warped brains and minds? Do we still need any other evidence to show us that these undesirable elements are just bunch of distractions to President Buhari, who is working hard to re-write the leadership narrative in this country?
It is in the enlightened self-interest of Nigerians to maintain their unwavered support for the current administration under the leadership of President Buhari and not mind charlatans, whose only stock-in-trade is mischieve making and tantrums.
Lest we forget, institutions exist because there is a country or the country is enjoying relative peace. Where a country is in chaos, nobody pays attention to the workings of institutions. This underpins why any responsible governments, world over, throw everything to the works to ensure perceived threats are nipped in the bud.
Nigeria is ours. It will only become what we make of it. This explains why we must join hands to make it great again by villilifying the wolfs amongst us and promoting patriotic Nigerian leaders and citizens.
– Ibrahim is Director, Communication and Strategic Planning of the Presidential Support Committee