By Festus Ogun
SIR: The travails of Ibrahim Magu, the lately suspended performing chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), have introduced forth a chance for all well-meaning Nigerians to mirror on the fact of President Muhammadu Buhari’s struggle in opposition to corruption and the necessity to shortly disembark on a journey to nowhere.
Apparently, the federal authorities stated the motion in opposition to Magu is a reminder that no person is above the legislation. That defence although anticipated however Nigerians absolutely know that Magu is yet one more sufferer of the power-play within the Buhari administration’s endless political circus.
Recall that Magu was performing chairman of the EFCC for over 5 years even though his nomination was rejected by the Senate on two totally different events primarily based on damning stories by the State Safety Service (SSS).
To arbitrarily preserve an appointee, who’s required by legislation to be screened and confirmed by the Senate in workplace for that lengthy is an infraction on the structure and undermines the general essence of legislative oversight in a constitutional democracy.
For this reason the sanctimonious disposition of the federal authorities in absolving itself of the mess is at greatest dishonest.
The Presidency seems just like the proverbial little one who goes to the river to swim and later turns round to complain of the feeling of chilly.
If regardless of the grievous stories by the SSS and the rejection by the Senate, the Presidency nonetheless went forward to retain Magu, it lacks the ethical authority to now disown its once-upon-a-time favorite.
That’s hypocritical and reprehensible. Had the Presidency listened to the voice of purpose, the mess of as we speak would have been prevented.
Apparently, Magu was saved in detention for 10 days. That is clearly unlawful, unconstitutional and an affront to the rule of legislation.
The arbitrary method with which the entire saga was dealt with reminds considered one of how the EFCC below Magu’s watch arrested and detained many with out trial; giving no recourse to the rule of legislation.
Is it not ironic that the Presidency deployed the identical script of media trial utilized by Magu throughout his days in workplace to roll out its personal model of drama?
Magu’s ordeal may appear a case of the hen that has come dwelling to roost. Nonetheless, he shouldn’t be mocked; somewhat he deserves our sympathy.
Certainly, our humanity diminishes the day we shut our eyes to any type of evil irrespective of the character of the sufferer.
Our collective stance in opposition to injustice, arbitrariness and abuse of energy shouldn’t be compromised by feelings as that will quantity to complicity.
Within the ultimate evaluation, those that maintain energy as we speak needs to be reminded of the self-importance and transiency of energy and the necessity to all the time respect the rule of legislation.
The essence of the rule of legislation is to test the abuse of energy, no matter who’s wielding the facility.
It’s excessive time we took the daring step of constructing robust establishments that permit just for the legislation to rule as in opposition to the arbitrariness of the rule of man.
This tragic precedent may have been averted if the legislation had been allowed to take its course, ab initio; as we’re in danger until we discover the braveness to all the time respect the legislation within the spirit of constitutionalism.
The tradition of persecuting political adversaries have to be shortly averted as persevering with with identical will inevitably drag the nation below.
We have to be conscious that media trial will obtain nothing aside from diminish the power of our democracy.
- Festus Ogun, email@example.com