Democratic Institutions Are Being Dismantled Under Buhari–Report

By Ikenga Chronicles March 29, 2017

Political analysts have lamented that democratic institutions are being dismantled in Nigeria,under President Muhammadu Buhari.

This came against the backdrop of President Muhammadu Buhari refusal to take action by relieving the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC),Ibrahim Magu, of his duties following Senate’s rejection of his appointment twice.

Analysts while citing the Magu situation,also drew attention to the refusal of Hameed Ali,the Customs boss to adhere to Senate’s directives, and the refusal of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF),David Babachir Lawal to appear before a Senate Committee.

“The disrespect for Senate is way too much.I haven’t seen or heard of such since I was born,” a commentator said.

Other analysts said Buhari’s appointees are following the precedence set by the President himself,who blatantly refused to adhere to court orders granting bail to Nnamdi Kanu,Sambo Dasuki, among others.

“President Buhari first showed a disregard for the third arm of government,which is the Judiciary. Now his appointees are openly disrespecting the Legislative arm.This equates to a total breakdown of law and order, and dismantling of our democratic system of checks and balances” a Political Administration lecturer said.

The Senate,has in reaction to the executive arm’s gross disrespect to it,stated that it would not confirm the 27 Indepedent National Electoral Commission’s(INEC)Resident Electoral Commissioners,sent to it by President Buhari, until the President does the needful with Magu. This therefore becomes a new stand-off between the executive and legislative arm,with all of these heating up the polity.

Many Nigerians are at a loss as to why a democratically elected President and his appointees will boldly flout the orders of the other arms of government thus showing an open disregard to democratic principles.

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