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Friday, 15 November 2019

NIGERIAN LEGISLATIVE ORDINANCES OF TERROR: MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH

NIGERIAN LEGISLATIVE ORDINANCES OF TERROR: MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH

It is most unfortunate that even in this 21st century, Nigerian citizens are yet drowning in blatant misery, diminishing illumination towards hope and welfare while political tyrants who call themselves intellectuals, criminally bastardize economic growth and development without recourse. These political terrorists being consumed in fear of purposeful and imminent revolutionary implosion by the grossly impoverished citizens, have taken to reckless and heightened impunity. Scourges of threats aimed at subduing the civilian population into stone silence and mockery, hold sway daily.

Deliberate strangulation of free speech by the law makers on the banner of hate speech, is an antecedent to forcefully impose legal terror on the already emasculated civilian population. This plot of trying to muzzle free speech by the Nigerian Senators, is a wake-up call to all human rights activists/organisations, men and women of goodwill, to stand up to not only strongly defend but defeat this organized coup against the rights of the people to freedom of speech, association and expression. It should be noted that this sinister agenda of imposition of legislative terror by the Nigerian National Assembly, is an incitement against the vocal and informed indigenous population of Biafra, Oduduwa and Arewa. It is surreptitiously being driven to drag the people down to the age of information censorship even in the so-called democracy.

Recommendation and implementation of death sentence and or enforcement of imprisonment by the Nigerian government against citizens for exercising their rights to free speech, is to say the least, most callous and disgustingly shameful. With Nigeria ranked as one of the most miserable countries for human habitation as well as the world's poverty capital index ratio, the hope of the people for economic survival and development is dashed. Amidst all these, the socio-economic failure ravaging the country, with the hope of any attention by the lawmakers, is blatantly being neglected. The person (Buhari) that is presiding over the affairs of Nigeria as the President, should be impeached, arrested and imprisoned or better still, be made to face death sentence for his various speech threats to humanity. During his previous election campaigns, he categorically stated that "the monkeys and the baboons will be soaked in blood" if he failed being elected. And his non tribal political supporters were at different locations hacked to death, with their killers going scot-free. This undemocratic act by the Nigerian upper legislative chamber then props up some very important questions that need answers. If this maladious enterprise of death sentence against "Hate Speech" pulls through in the Nigerian Senate, what measures then will be adopted to the myriads of failed election campaign promises by the politicians, extra-judicial killings and extortions by the police and army, humanitarian abuses/harassments, disobedience to the rule of law by the government, wave of Fulani Islamic terrorism, nepotism, religious bigotry, etcetera?

These laws of perdition being crafted by the Nigerian political class to massage their mundane, evil interests, are only directed at totally destroying the freedom of existence of the civilian population vis-a-vis attached relevant democratic values. Where then is the basis upon which the lawmakers can enact and uphold just legislation? Where are the principles of freedom of speech and the Press which remain valuable hallmarks in a democracy? Where are the laws binding civilian right to peaceful protests which is one of the basic hopes of the people against undemocratic values and antecedents of political office holders in a democratic government?

Nigeria is a failed entity and cannot work. All just principles and laws of civilised beings in a democracy, are being bastardized and subjected to acrimonious experimentation. It is therefore the duty of every citizen to arise and defend the cause of their existence against all odds. This is the only veritable option.

Written by Anioke Chukwunonso

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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