- The human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has condemned the federal government’s reaction to the international community’s statement on Onnoghen’s suspension
- Ozekhome said rather than being cautious, the federal government is daring the international community
- The popular lawyer said what the international community's statement means is that they are telling the government that it is already rigging the elections by election by CJN Onnoghen's suspension
Constitutional lawyer and human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government over claims of foreign interference after the US, UK and EU reacted to the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
Ozekhome said the warning of the international community means they are literally telling the government to its face that it is already rigging the elections by its latest actions.
In a statement titled ‘Did I Hear Government Warn Foreign Countries Off NIGERIA’S Electoral Affairs?” made available to Legit.ng, Ozekhome said rather than exercise caution in its reaction, the presidency “went for the jugular of the international community daring it”.
The statement reads: “Help me, someone, did I hear rightly, Mallam Garba Shehu, the SSA to President Buhari warn America, UK and EU countries to stop meddling in Nigeria’s warped electoral process that is already being rigged? Did I hear him well?
“Is Garba not a part and parcel of the APC government that deployed massive Hitlerite Goebeller propaganda during the 2014/2015 elections, enlisted the aid and cooperation of the international community that literally determined the outcome of the 2015 election?
“Was it not the APC that influenced John Kelly to come to Nigeria to hold series of clandestine meetings with the then APC opposition party, without meeting with government officials?
“Was it not Garba and his like that bamboozled Nigerians with a litany of false and fake promises to enter their ‘one chance’ vehicle of opaque government, anchored on cluelessness, directionless, outright lies and massive corruption that have made Nigeria the world headquarters of poverty and one of the 168 most corrupt nations in the world?
“Was Garba ever thinking that the international communities will fold their hands, legs akimbo, and ignore government’s totalitarian and despotic tendencies, particularly towards the forthcoming elections?
“Did Garba ever conceive that the international community is not aware that Nigerians are literally held down in servitude, under jackboot and gunboat democracy?
“Perhaps, Garba does not live on planet Earth, but on planet Neptune, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or even Mars, not to realize that the international community will take more than a passing interest in an election being conducted by the 200 million people biggest black democracy on Earth.
“Governments usually speak in calm diplomatese; more often using ambiguous language lased with sophistry that ruffles no feathers. But, the US, Uk and EU were frontal in raising the red flag against the PMB government, not only on the Onnoghen matter but also on the already being flawed general conduct of the forthcoming elections."
The human rights lawyer quoted the reactions of the US, US, and EU to the controversial suspension of Justice Onnoghen. He said the international community, by its reaction, is raising alarms over the alleged danger ahead.
The statement continued: “Shredded of all diplomatic niceties, these countries are raising the red flag and warning of the clear and present danger ahead.
“They are literally telling the government to its face, “You are already rigging this election by the illegal suspension of the CJN. You are terrorizing the judiciary. We do not believe you will organize free, fair and credible elections. We are watching and monitoring you. We will not accept the outcome of any flawed elections”.
“Rather than shut up and exercise caution from the usual brinkmanship and verbal diarrhoea, at least for once, the combative government through its garrulous spokesman, Garba, went for the jugular of the international community daring it. He warned against foreign interference into the nation’s affairs, “capable of creating apprehension, distrust among citizens or undermining the transparency and acceptability of outcomes of the nation’s electoral process.”
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Ozekhome also quoted in part Garba Shehu’s reaction to the statements by the international community.
He claimed that the president’s media aide, by his statement, is saying that “Nigeria’s security forces are ready to “confront any plan or attempt to interfere with Nigeria’s electoral matters.”
The statement continued: “Which security forces? The ones the government and its cronies are corruptly embezzling monies meant for purchase of arms and ammunition for them? The security forces that are left at the mercy of Boko Haram onslaught on a daily basis? With this warning, the PMB government repudiated the “strong concerns” (a euphemism for “grave worries” in diplomatic language) made by the entire EU countries, US and UK.”
“Some native proverbs may help Garba here: “Anyone who breaks the coconut with his head may not live to eat it”. “When a person is overfed, he challenges his chi” (god).
“The stubborn fly follows the corpse into the grave”.
“He who brings a maggot-infested piece of firewood into his house should not complain when he is visited by a colony of lizards”.
“I have spoken. A word is enough for the wise. Those who have ears, let them hear and avert the imminent catastrophe and dark clouds ominously gathering and hovering over Nigeria.
“It is not too late to pull the prized palm kernel from the furnace of the fire. To say more will be otiose.”
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