“The one factor mandatory for the triumph of evil is for good males to do nothing”
– Edmund Burke
In 1770, the Irish statesman and thinker Edmund Burke wrote in regards to the want for good males to return collectively to oppose the cabals of unhealthy males, thus originating the preferred citation on the rider. No Nigerian, who just isn’t alarmed by the continued desecrations of democracy and the Structure in pursuit of vain-glory, filthy lucre and energy, will declare she or he has not succumbed to the defeat by these inordinately bold Nigerians. When unhealthy males start to converge in such method, good males should equally congregate to counter it; else they are going to all fall, one after the other, within the lopsided, contemptible wrestle. .
Behind this façade is way more. Lawal Daura, the disgraced erstwhile director of the Division of State Safety is however a metaphor for a decayed and bastardized democratic system. He has carried out related operations, in cahoots with these bent on undermining democracy and deploying State coercive devices for the development of their sectional objectives. Recall he was premature retired from service however was introduced again and given the crucial job nonetheless. By so doing, his appointers indicted the Authorities, which eased him out years in the past as a misfit. So, that he has blighted nationwide safety and desecrated democracy by unilaterally locking up the National Meeting and chasing away lawmakers and employees in preparations for toppling the Senate management, was, as matter of truth, doom lengthy foretold.
His antecendents pointed clearly to his inclinations as an antidemocratic component. Lawal Daura invaded the homes of Supreme Courtroom Judges and detained lots of them for days, towards all identified canons of string operations. Not one of many judges so humiliated has been discovered responsible following their trials over what has turned out to be trumped up expenses. Underneath his superintendence, a number of residents have been detained for weeks and months beneath the pretext of nationwide safety. Recall the case of Babatunde O. Gbadamosi who was detained for 28 days.
Lawal Daura detained Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for days additionally. Identical factor goes for Gabriel Suswan who remains to be within the DSS gulags for months with out trial. DSS invaded Ekiti Meeting and picked Akanni Afolabi from Efon Alaaye on the orders of Daura. The identical man arrested and detained citizen Ebiri, a journalist, for about Two years.
Lawal Daura prevented Gov. Ayo Fayose, a serving Governor, and his spouse, from getting into Authorities Home after Ekiti election. Lawal Daura disobeyed a number of court docket orders for the discharge of Sambo Dasuki and Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and each are nonetheless of their custody towards the ruling of Nigerian courts.
Lawal Daura ordered his males to invade the National Meeting to pressure a change in Senate management by a handful of senators. Few weeks earlier, a mixed staff of his males, the Police and the EFCC additionally besieged the residences of the Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to forestall them from attending and presiding over the Senate session, the identical purpose because the final invasion. Query is: why did not the authorities act all of the whereas?
Emboldened as a hatchet man, he then unilaterally organised a more brazen and embarrassing plot. However is Daura alone in all these? Is it potential that Daura ran a parallel authorities for three ½ years? Whether it is true he did, who then is working Nigeria even now? Have Nigerians not accepted that cabals apart from President Muhammadu Buhari whom we elected are those really working the nation?
Regardless of how we have a look at it, cabal or no cabal, Daura can’t presumably be alone all these years, and subsequently is merely ‘a fall man’, an individual to whom blame is intentionally and falsely attributed to be able to deflect blame from one other individual. Few weeks in the past, 20 lawmakers of the Benue Home of Meeting have been prevented by the Nigeria Police from gaining entrance into the Home. In a kangaroo session staged thereafter, the seven or eight members of the opposing celebration commenced the impeachment of the State Governor beneath the watch of the Police.
Daura had at all times been apparatchik on this Authorities. He’s now being vilified because the unhealthy man as if he had at all times unilaterally operated. It’s nothing however a smokescreen. If Nigerians settle for this narrative, the hazard is that different officers who’ve dedicated related or maybe worse crimes towards democracy and Nigeria folks will stay embedded within the system.
Sure, the Interim Police investigation simply confirmed that some politicians, who desperately needed to vary the management equation on the National Meeting, used the erstwhile DG of DSS to stage the siege on the National Meeting on that darkish Tuesday. The report shied away from naming the politicians. No person ought to be stunned if the Police, tomorrow, fly the narrative that Daura was working for Saraki and even Ekweremadu. However Nigerians are getting wiser and falling much less of such authorities spins.
Nigeria is a multiethnic nation introduced and held collectively by regulation. Any promotion of recklessness, lawlessness, illegality and unconstitutionality is an open invitation to anarchy, which might spiral uncontrolled and assume the stature of Arab Spring, which no one can predict how it will finish. But, illegality and unconstitutionality have since develop into the order, and promoted by even businesses created by regulation to keep up regulation and order.
Certainly, safety businesses are there to make sure that politics is performed inside the atmosphere of regulation and order. However immediately, they’ve allowed themselves for use for political ends, thereby ridiculing each democracy and nationwide safety, which they’re to guard and assist nurture.
Like what occurred in National Meeting, what occurred in Benue Home of Meeting the place seven or eight members illegally commenced the impeachment of the State Governor whereas the Police stored the 20 ruling Party Home members away, is treason. Excessive treason just isn’t solely the crime of betraying one’s nation. It’s also betraying the Structure, or making an attempt to take away a State Authorities utilizing violence or any type of illegality. Initially, it was punished by hanging, drawing and quartering in international locations.
Sadly, the nation just isn’t saddled with solely antidemocratic actions and inactions of the DSS or the Police. More worrisome ought to be sure state actors who’ve goaded the Presidency and businesses of presidency to commit these brazen illegalities and unconstitutionality. Whilst his personal individuals are being massacred in Benue largely because of inaction of safety businesses, Professor Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Towards Corruption, has continued to defend the brazen illegalities. For good measure, Sagay simply retorted in regards to the accusation of certificates forgery leveled towards Kemi Adeosun, the Finance Minister: “Who cares about NYSC certificates. We can’t afford to lose Adeosun.” But, he’s a Professor of Legislation and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a senior member of the interior temple of Justice recruited by the President to technically assist in the anti-corruption combat.
The identical may be stated in regards to the Particular Assistant to the President on Prosecution and Chairman, Particular Presidential Investigative Panel on the Restoration of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, who’s believed to additionally parade a faux WAEC outcome, but, shielded by the identical authorities from answering to the cost. To them, it doesn’t matter if the person is preventing corruption with a faux certificates.
Even when the illegality and unconstitutionality being promoted immediately occurred up to now, it’s no justification. The APC authorities got here in on a change mantra – on the promise to do issues otherwise and correctly. Daura’s case could find yourself as one of many few symbolic gestures by authorities to create the impression that one thing critical is being executed. We noticed it with Babachir David Lawal. That indicted Secretary to Authorities of the Federation was sacked solely after over six months of hues and cries and even immediately, he’s too huge to face trial.
Nigerians and Nigeria deserve higher. The residents can now see via all of the subterfuges and monkeyshines. It has been a lot movement and commotion with out motion on Nigeria’s barber’s chair.
Dr. Legislation Mefor, a Forensic/Social Psychologist and Journalist, writes from Abuja. E-mail:[email protected]