The Last Battle Between Democracy & Dictatorship By Chidiebere Nwobodo

Warning! Warning! Warning!

This is what will happen if Buhari returns in 2019.

He will ensure that his stooges emerge as Senate President and the Speaker of The House of Representatives. President Buhari and the cabal will rather see National Assembly go up in flames and ashes than watch Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara return as Senate President and Speaker, respectively. If National Assembly is “conquered”, the process of erasing whatever that will be left of Nigeria’s democratic principles, as captured by the rule of law will begin in earnest.

Then, the battle shifts to the Judiciary. You can recall that it took enormous pressures from Nigerians, both home and abroad, on the Presidency for the name of the current Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to be sent to the Senate for confirmation, even when the National Judicial Council (NJC) had recommended the same man for ratification as the nation’s number one judicial officer. Yet President Buhari refused. It was when he went on medical vacation abroad that the then Acting President, Osinbajo, took it upon himself to forward the name to the Senate for confirmation.

President Buhari preferred a conservative Muslim northerner, who happens to be a junior to Justice Walter Onnoghen, following him in the hierarchy of seniority at the Supreme Court, as CJN. But the danger isn’t over yet. The current CJN, Walter Onnoghen, will be retiring in just two years time (2020). Then his second-in-command now (an alleged Buharist) will takeover as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria. And Buhari, if voted back to office, will have his way.

Now, imagine Nigeria under a President Buhari having overbearing influence and complete control over all the three arms of government: the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. Autocratic regimes like those of Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey and Paul Biya in Cameroon, will be child’s play to what will be born as a new despotic state of Nigeria, to be created by Buhari, if he wins next year’s presidential election. By then, I will not even be on social media to “rant” via my anti-Buhari’s articles, because my fundamental rights of expression would have become threat to “National Security”.

Nigerians were loudly warned in 2015 about the dangers of voting for Buhari. But carried away by the unanimous desire to crucify the PDP, they turned a deaf ear. And we’ve all been paying the heavy price in the last three years.

NOW the warning is out again.

Avoid the mistake of 2015.

DO NOT allow Buhari to return in 2019.


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