In a statement of Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media Lere Olayinka, Ekiti’s Governor said that Nigeria’s democracy under President Muhammadu Buhari is under serious threat.
According to him, the National Assembly and Judiciary arm of government were being blackmailed and destroyed by the present administration. He added that Buhari’s refusal to obey court orders and that of his men to obey National Assembly showed that the constitution had been suspended and powers of legislative and judiciary arms of government undermined.
“The once respected National Assembly and judiciary have been so badly blackmailed, such that, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, functionaries of the executive arm of government now hold the two arms of government with contempt, treating them as if they do not exist. Even those who invaded the Senate and took away the Mace are being protected by President Buhari and his men. When Nigeria was under military rule, our judiciary was not this ridiculed, with the government choosing which court judgment to obey and which one to ignore. President Buhari’s persistent refusal to obey court orders, refusal of his men to obey summons by the National Assembly and, most importantly, the withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without approval of the National Assembly, and in spite of pending court case, are indications that the constitution has been suspended and Nigeria returned to full-fledged dictatorship.”
“Should president Buhari succeed with his second term bid, no one should bother going to the National Assembly, because he will rule like a feudal lord, with general authority. Democracy is endangered when the executive arm of government goes about demonizing the judiciary as being corrupt, and the National Assembly tagged a gathering of rascals, who are contributing nothing to governance. Unfortunately, that is what the legislative and judicial arms have suffered under this government.”