Civil society slams Buhari emergency powers request

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of promoting dictatorship under the guise of economic revival.

The accusation comes amid the divisive move by Buhari to request, under the Economic Stabilisation Bill 2016, that Parliament grants him emergency powers to push his planned revival of the economy.

Intersociety said it had “critically” and “clinically”studied all reasons and arguments made by the Presidency upon which it is seeking for emergency presidential powers.

The organization concluded the arguments were “dictatorial, tyrannical, undemocratic and grossly unconstitutional.”

“Whatever that bedevils Nigeria governance wise under the Buhari administration, is self invited and does not require the so called“emergency presidential powers” as a solution,” said Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety board chairman.

He said the organization had lost hope the current administration had the capability to solve economic problems.

“That is to say that even if a four-year state of emergency is declared in Nigeria today under Buhari administration, no iota of the unfolding teething problems affecting the country can be solved,” said Umeagbalasi.

“In all these, what shocks us is that Vice President, Yomi Osibanjo who is a professor of law, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and pastor of a Pentecostal Church, is being fingered as the arrow head of the referenced presidential infamy.”

Intersociety said thus the request for emergency powers was a ploy to entrench dictatorship.

“Going by the foregoing therefore, it is obvious that the Buhari Administration is steadily and dangerously promoting presidential
parochialism, primordialism, anarchy and lawlessness by seeking sweeping and teething emergency powers using economy as a disguise,” said Umeagbalasi.

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