The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Owerri, Imo State Chapter, Lawrence Nwakaeti, has asserted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress, APC, operated a civilian dictatorship government.
Nwakaeti, who made the remark while assessing the two years of the APC-led government, insisted that the past two years was characterized with impunity and abuse of rule of law.
He maintained that the current federal Government has set the country backwards by decades as long as Democratic norms were concerned.
In a statement he issued in Owerri, the state capital, Nwakaeti said the rule of law and all known tenets of constitutional democracy have been abused under the reign of Buhari.
Nwakaeti highlighted some of the impunity perpetrated by the Federal Government to include desecrating the Judiciary, disobedience to court orders, clamp down on non-violent protesters, treating the issue of Mr president’s ill-health with secrecy, among others.
The statement partly reads “As far any true Democrat who understands the norms of democracy is concerned, the two years administration of the APC has set us back by decades.
“Some of us were expecting an improvement on the gains recorded so far before the coming into office by the ruling party. What we have mainly seen which we erroneously describe as democracy is a civilian dictatorship as aptly coined by one northern Elder statesman.
“May I take us to recent happenings in the polity where the rule of law and all known tenets of constitutional democracy have been abused with impunity. Namely, the desecration of the judiciary as an institution by the executive, disobedience to court orders, clamp down on non-violent protesters, treating the issue of the president’s ill health with secrecy, media trial of suspected persons, incessant clamp down of persons with opposing views without trial and if there is an order of court for the release, refusal to obey the said order”.
He described the APC-led government as a bundle of hypocrites, alleging that the federal government was not sincere to the Nigerian people.