NMANDI KANU: AGF Pandering to Personal Idiosyncrasies of President Buhari, Says Afenifere
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has urged Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, to exercise superintendence over his office as the chief law officer and adviser of the federal rather than indulge in petty politicking to massage the ego and pander to the personal idiosyncrasies of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Afenifere said this on Wednesday, in reaction to the federal government’s amended seven counts against the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The secretary general of the association, Mr Sola Ebiseni, in a statement on said it appeared that the government was confused on what to do.
The statement read in part, “With the amended seven counts against Nnamdi Kanu as released by the media, it appears the Federal Government has come to its wit’s end in the case with the Biafran leader and self-determination agitations generally.
“Without prejudice to the determination of the case by the court, it is clear that its end will certainly compound agitations on the national question, an ill-wind that will blow the Buhari administration and Nigeria no good.
“It is time that the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, exercised superintendence over his office as the chief law officer and adviser of the Federal Government in a way that the interest of the nation may be served than indulge in petty politicking to massage the ego and pander to the personal idiosyncrasies of the President.
“For instance, the alleged name-calling of Muhammadu Buhari, in April 2015, even before he became the President, would ordinarily be ignored as childish vulgar abuse unworthy of a high-profile criminal prosecution.
“In all the other charges, Kanu is either being prosecuted for alleged statements made in foreign land as alleged leader of the proscribed IPOB inciting secession in Nigeria or threatened that anyone who flouted his sit-at-home order should prepare his or her will.”
It added “A Government that admits that mere words of Kanu has become the law, either by legitimate obedience or fear, even while in detention, should think out of the box.
“The appropriate mindset is to admit that Nigeria, as a wobbling contraption of entrenched nationalities, is negotiable and that negotiations do not necessarily lead to dismemberment. Let the dialogue begin.”
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