MARGINALIZATION| “Buhari Made 31 Strategic Appointments, South East Was Excluded”

by on March 25, 2016
Renowned constitutional lawyer and elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze, has taken a hard look at the 10-month-old Muhammadu Buhari presidency and passed a ver­dict of marginalization against the South East.
According to Nwabueze,  in President Buhari’s 31 strategic appointments, the South East was ex­cluded.
His words: “He appointed thir­ty-one appointments, none from the South East; is that what they call justice? In thirty-one strategic appointments in a constitu­tion that says that social order is founded in justice. What does justice mean and what does it re­quire?
Nwabueze also questioned Buhari’s fidelity to constitutional procedures that define democracy, pointing out that the constitution necessarily imposes certain limi­tations in power.
“The constitution imposes so many other limitations in power. Are those limitations being ob­served? The bill of right is there guaranteeing rights to every in­dividual and citizen. Are those rights being obeyed? That’s part of the essential character of de­mocracy, Nwabueze noted.
According to him: “The Con­stitution can fairly be described as consultative government; you have to consult with various agen­cies established by the constitu­tion. Is he doing that?”
With specific reference to the handcuffing of Chief Olisa Metuh, Nwabueze took exceptions to the inhuman treatment of citizens.
His words: “The constitu­tion outlaws inhuman treatment among so many rights that were with it. You see a citizen been handcuffed for corruption. Oli­sa Metuh was not accused of any­thing else but corruption.
“Is that enough to handcuff a citizen? The constitution prohib­its inhuman treatment. Handcuff­ing is accepted if a man committed murder and there’s evidence that he may try to escape. That may well be justification for handcuff­ing.
“That’s the only circumstance where you can arguably justi­fy such a treatment. I heard also that Nnamdi Kanu was hand­cuffed. What did he do? Declar­ing Biafra? Is that enough to hand­cuff him?
Alluding to President Buhari’s position that he will not treat those that gave him five percent votes the same way he will those that gave him 95 percent, Nwabueze stated such positions were flawed.
And yesterday in Lagos, the Nwabueze Centre for Studies in Constitutional Law and Related Subjects was formally inaugurated.
The event was held at the Ni­geria Institute for Internation­al Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island and was attended by retired Jus­tices Salisu Modibo Alfa Belgore, George Oguntade, Samson Odem­wingie Uwaifo, Chief Mike Oze­khome (SAN) among other legal luminaries.
Nwabueze, in his inaugural speech said that the centre was borne out of his passion for Con­stitutional Law.
Justice Samson Odemwingie Uwaifo, CON, (rtd) Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, deliver­ing a paper entitled: “Whether the Code of Conduct Tribunal is right in refusing to grant a request for stay of proceedings in a case be­fore it, and whether the presence of bias or likelihood of it and lack of impartiality does not vitiate the proceedings”.
In the paper, Uwaifo said that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is not a court and there­fore has no right to exercise judi­cial powers, adding that there is a real likelihood of bias by the CCT which may deny the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki justice.
“They do not and are not meant to exercise judicial power which is exclusive for the courts. It is impossible under the constitu­tion to confer such functions upon anybody other than a court, nor can the difficulty be avoided by designating a body, which is not in its essential character a court, by the name, or by calling the func­tion by another name.”
On whether there is bias or likelihood of it in the case of Sara­ki before CCT, Uwaifo noted that it was possible the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) which did not back Saraki’s ambition as Sen­ate President has connection with what is playing out at the CCT.

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  • Oluwaseyi
    March 25, 2016 at 9:32 am

    these people are the real enemy of this country. If metuh was unfair to be handcuff for Corruption. What of poor civil servant who collected bribe or diverting some fund to his personal account and he was handcuff to Court and sentence? is he not a Nigerian as well?. Or a yahoo boy that deceived a white man and collected sum of money from white and later caught and handcuff to court. is that not the same offence with a Governor who deceived the people he govern that particular funds will be used for a project and later divert the funds to his own private bank account. are they both criminal?. Yahoo boy is being corrupt the same thing applicable to Politician they also scam citizen and looted their funds by deceiving them. they must all wrought in Jail. All these rogues fucking judiciary in Nigeria be passing judgement to poor yahoo boy ..what wrong with politician as well. they also need to face justice and sentence to prison. One head is not bigger than another. you can’t legitimate your corrupt act above the law just because you are politician while you take the same law killed the poor man pinkin. Either rich or poor we are all Nigerian. the same law must be used again stupid politician in Nigeria. Metuh is a thief, scammer, looter, deceiver, 419, and must be charge for corruption,handcuff and sentence to prison otherwise no freedom for Nigerian. stop coming to South west to play politics with the Yoruba mind for backup, we don’t need such backup for corruption. Bola ige, Ajasin, jakande they were not in the system any more. its time to chase lion thieves in Nigeria called Politician not only the rat thieve that commit offence….


  • Plassy
    March 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    There is hope for Nigeria if legal luminaries would begin to address real public issues that relate to law. Retired Justice Karibi-White took time to address the issues on points of law; and the APC seem to be misleading Government on the issue. Corrupt people should be prosecuted and effort should be made to do that within the law. Buhari said as a military man , they detained suspects and quietly told them they were guilty. Should that continue to this day? Is that why the Judiciary is his problem? …..


  • akinolu
    March 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    truth is bitter, i thank god 4 people like this


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