Failure to declare bandits terrorists: Call Buhari to order; Lawyers task lawmakers -GCFRNG
Say the President’s Impunity Destroys Nigeria
• Has power to act if he does not do the right thing.
• Nigeria’s democracy in reverse
Dayo Johnson; Samuel Oyadongha; Festus Ahon; Rotimi Ojomoyela; Shina Abubakar; Onozure Dania; Chioma Onuegbu; Ugochukwu Alaribe; Deola Badru; James Ogunnaike; Steve Oko and Sola lshola
As bandits continue to unleash their unbridled reign of terror in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and other northwestern states that have claimed thousands of lives, including members of the military, Nigerians across the country have called on President Muhamadu Buhari to declare to terrorist bandits. to allow troops to deal with them decisively. The call came from various sectors.
People like Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state have pleaded with Buhari to declare the terrorist bandits so that the military will be more determined and firm in dealing with them. On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Senate passed a resolution requesting President Buhari to declare the bandits terrorists through a ban order, pursuant to section 2 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 2011 (as amended). The Senate asked the President to wage an all-out war against criminals, including bombing all of their locations, to eliminate them, while also declaring that all known bandit leaders were wanted and tracking them wherever they were to arrest and arrest them and prosecute them.
Just 24 hours after the Senate called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the bandits terrorists, the House of Representatives also urged the president to do the same to underscore the government’s determination to combat the wave of crime and killings perpetuated by bandits in the whole country.
The 36 Speakers of the State Assembly Houses also made a similar call at the end of their conference last Sunday in Katsina state, as they asked the president to declare the bandits terrorists and enemies of the state.
But as lawmakers at both the federal and state levels passed resolutions calling for bandits to be labeled terrorists and other Nigerians added their voices, one lonely voice, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been demanding amnesty for bandits, warned against the declaration of terrorists to bandits. say it would mark the end of Nigeria as a sovereign and united entity.
According to the Islamic cleric that, although he admitted that bandits over the years have unleashed terror on the people, officially labeling them as terrorists will cause additional consequences that will consume the entire country. He argued that once the bandits are designated as terrorists, direct foreign jihadist movements will take effect and give “criminality a spiritual cover” by stating that they are fighting a “Jihad.”
If Nigeria is practicing true democracy, shouldn’t President Buhari declare the bandits terrorists after the Senate and House of Representatives, who are representatives of the people, have asked him to? The Nigerian air force says they cannot deploy the recently acquired Tucano planes on bandits, but only on terrorists, as agreed with the United States who sold them to us. They said they can only deploy them if the bandits are declared terrorists, citing an agreement with the United States. It was on this basis that lawmakers asked the president to declare the bandits terrorists so that they could act quickly against them.
Therefore, lawyers have reacted to the request of lawmakers and President Buhari’s reluctance to do so.
Yemi Candide-Johnson, SAN
It is an executive decision according to the constitution. The president must go up or down at his own discretion. If his failure threatens national security and the assembly has the guts, they can remove him from office. It’s a high-risk chicken game.
Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN
Reading the president’s opinion on this matter has been hard work. The reluctance to properly label them as terrorists defies rationality. However, it may be because the attorney general, whose main mission is to get the court to officially declare them terrorists, has not been enthusiastic in taking the initiative.
Nigeria’s democracy is on paper and it is not feasible. The 1999 constitution as amended does not provide for a truly viable democracy. The fact that the Buhari administration disagrees with the Senate and House of Representatives request to declare the bandits as terrorists shows that Nigerian democracy is still alive and not working. In real democracy, the executive arm of government is separate from the legislative arm of government. In fact, the legislature must provide checks and balances to the executive arm. But in Nigeria, both the executive and the legislative are intertwined. If Nigeria practices true democracy, Buhari’s action and inaction will become open to challenge.
It is not the sole responsibility of the president to declare a group of thugs or groups as bandits. With all due respect, governors who are the chiefs of security for their states can do so under the doctrine of necessity if the president is reluctant to do so. Look at the topic of the regional safety net in the southwest, southeast, south south and many others. He has come to stay for now. On the issue of outdoor grazing, the courageous governors and their legislators took action. The members of the National Assembly are unaware of their work. They must initiate a bill to declare bandits terrorists in Nigeria, and in the end, if the president is unwilling to sign it, there are procedures to make it an act of the National Assembly without the consent of the president. The problem our legislators and some governors have is that they ask for contracts, money, favors in Abuja and as such they cannot stand up to the fingers that feed them.
This president’s reluctance to do so only confirms what many fear about this administration. The current government seems to believe that it has a duty to protect criminal elements from the president’s ethnic background. There is no doubt that a different scenario would have occurred if these terrorists were from another part of the country. The first thing this government did was change the name of terrorism to the label of “bandit.” That is why they now have the audacity to operate almost everywhere. The modus operandi of these bandits is no different from that of Boko Haram and other terrorists. In fact, it can be rightly said that they are the income-generating arm of Boko Haram. This implicit support for terrorism has fueled ethnic tension in the country to levels never seen before in Nigerian history.
According to the constitution, the primary responsibility of the government is security. Renaming terrorism in this way is a betrayal of that duty and dangerous for our democracy. Legislators must insist and use the democratic tools at their disposal to call this president to order.
We have the wrong group of people in the corridors of power. If the National Assembly ordered the president to do something that is of crucial national importance, such as the safety of the lives and property of Nigerians, he must do so urgently. If he doesn’t, they should know what to do. It is a chargeable crime. There is no misconduct that can be more serious than her. The bitter truth is that the members of the National Assembly are not only unserious, they are also extremely incompetent. To blame only Buhari for something with a solution in the hands of the National Assembly is to be shortsighted. It’s not that we don’t have democracy yet, but we do have very weak democratic institutions. It’s the same reason checks and balances don’t work. Beyond that, if Buhari refuses to declare them terrorists, a serious National Assembly would approach the court to declare these murderous elements terrorists. You don’t have to wait for a president who will never act. There is no difference between bandits and Boko Haram or other terrorists. Its modus operandi is the same. Everything about them is the same: they all leave behind pain, tears and blood.
HRM Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu (Enachioken Abriba)
When one looks at all the elements of democracy, we can assume that Nigeria is practicing democracy backwards. Our main problem, as described by the president’s action and inaction, is that there is no constitutionalism in Nigeria. Someone should call it to order and probably refocus it. Little by little he is destroying this nation with his impunity. Terrorism can be defined in various ways, but the central concept is violence, the wanton destruction of lives and property. These are aimed at people who had nothing to do with the origin of the anger or anxiety of the perpetrators of the act of violence. They make the area ungovernable. Human blood is spilled without permission or consideration.
Therefore, if bandits fit this description, they must be declared terrorists immediately. That’s what they are. The president can only refuse to appoint them accordingly if he has a special relationship with them that Nigerians do not know about.
Mr. Musibau Olapade
There is nothing to say that Muhammadu Buhari is a President of Northern Nigeria. If he were President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he would have declared those bandits terrorists.
He sees and reviews the act of terrorism, go and look at the definition, you will realize that these people possess the characteristics of terrorists. They kidnap, they kill.
Mr. Olayemi Alabi
There is no hard and fast rule to describe what an act of terrorism is. Nor does it take a long voyage of discovery to discover what act constitutes banditry. However, in my logical mind, terrorism is a protracted or protracted act or series of acts of banditry and excessive contamination or disturbance of public order. In essence, when acts of banditry continue to be repeated and tend to become a norm or generate permanence, then the nomenclature changes, hence the term terrorism.
The implication of the president or executive arm of the Nigerian government in declaring the alleged bandits terrorists is just a nod to the fact that what the Nigerian government symbolizes is nothing more than a caricature of democracy. It is imperative to summarize it by saying that the resistance of the President or the Federal Executive Council to make this overdue decision is nothing more than an appendage that the voice of the majority would not be heard by the few people who voted to govern the majority.
Mr. Bukola Onifade
Under international law, any organization or group of people that constitutes a threat to the unity of a nation is considered a terrorist group. And the mode of operation of the so-called bandits is in no way different from that of the declared terrorists.
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Although President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to be cunning in the middle of the group’s operation within the country, yet when one group takes control of a section of the country and invariably affects the entire country, as is the case. that concerns us, we do not. It is not necessary to persuade or pressure the president to declare them a terrorist group. Our president is trying to be president of a section or a group, which constitutes a threat to the life and property of a large number of people in the country on a daily basis.
It is regrettable that the federal government continues to shirk its responsibility to protect and preserve the lives of Nigerians. So the right thing to do for the president is to declare the bandits, a terrorist group, that they really are, so that the military can do its job of effectively securing people and property. The president should no longer be a Fulani president, but that of Nigeria as a whole.
Mr. Adediran Kehinde Olusola
The president’s reluctance indicates that the president lacks the political will to do the will of the people who elected him to office. This shows that he is still waiting for the cabals or kitchen cabinets that control his government to lend their voices before he knows what to do. Furthermore, since the President is the Commander of the Armed Forces, the entire military and security apparatus of the country is still waiting for him to command them, because they are under his command. Banditry and terrorism have become a business in Nigeria and we must do something very urgently. Members of the National Assembly should do what is necessary in the face of the President’s reluctance to do the right thing. They have the power to impeach the president if he does not do the right thing.
Osom Jacob Makbere
There is literally nothing “legal” about Buhari not following the path recommended by the National Assembly, as he could cite the “presidential veto”. But with the issue being a security of utmost public concern, that veto should take a backseat to your consideration. Another likely reason behind the inertia is the frequently mentioned link with bandits.
Mr. Justin Gbagir
It is very regrettable that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a retired military general, is treating the issue of insecurity in Nigeria without the seriousness that he deserves. I think that on his inauguration in 2015, the president promised to address the issue of insecurity in the Northeast. He had ordered the army chief to transfer his command to Maiduguri to address the problem of the insurgency in the northeast. We are also aware that the President had declared the IPOB a terrorist group. And this is the group of people who are campaigning for the inclusion or independence of the Southeast. He declared them a terrorist group and there are other groups like the Fulani herdsmen who have been terrorizing people across the country and bandits in the Northwest.
And the president has been asked to declare these two groups terrorist groups as well so that they will be dealt with decisively. I don’t understand why the president is so reluctant to do so. And I think this has even given these groups the impetus to operate the way they do. This is a group that has the audacity to attack a train that was carrying hundreds of people; if that train had exploded, it would have resulted in the death of hundreds of people. Still, he doesn’t want to declare a group as well as a terrorist organization, I don’t know what he’s waiting for. So regardless of what the president appears to be doing, be it highway construction, infrastructure, economic development or whatever, when the lives and property of citizens are not insured by any government, that government has failed.
Mr. Utibe Nwoko
In the rules that govern them, even the thickest norm that is the Constitution includes sending you a warning letter or proceeding to impeachment. This is what we call checks and balances. It is a question of willpower. Are our legislators willing to act within the precepts of the law? The three branches of government, the Legislative, the Judicial and the Executive, function independently. So we are still experiencing it because the people are not free, the legislature is not free to make decisions. When the National Assembly makes a request and the president refuses to do so, they know that they can send a letter to the president, warning him. There is nothing wrong with sending a letter of indictment. Even if the impeachment does not continue, it is an indication that they have powers in their hands to act. But the problem is that legislators have not actually exercised their constitutional powers and other enabling laws for political reasons.
Leader of Mr Akpulonu
“Legislative resolutions are only advisory; it does not have the force of law. Therefore, the president may have taken it as mere advice. The president has the right to accept or reject the resolutions of the National Assembly. He can also ignore the resolutions of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum or those of professional groups and bodies.
He is within the exclusive rights of him. Honestly, the president decides which resolution to obey or ignore because such resolutions are merely advisory. He may blame this on the powerful nature of the executive and the powers that the constitution gave the president. The president can even ignore the legislature on resolutions. The president may have his strategy to deal with the bandits because he has access to more strategic and quality information or intelligence than the National Assembly and other Nigerians.
Dr. Akpor Mudiaga-Odje
The lawmakers’ request to declare the bandits terrorists has been long overdue on all ramifications. It is this lethargic disposition of the Federal Government to make this solemn and just declaration that has now led to a galaxy of insecurity in our bereft nation. Nigeria is on fire as a result of the activities of known and unknown bandits operating everywhere, particularly in the north and now southeast of troubled Nigeria. We have amended the Terrorism Act, but we have not enforced or arrested any known bandits. I think that for me, the fear of the Federal Government in not declaring the bandits as terrorists is perhaps to protect the shepherds who have been violently invading our communities as well as terrorists. However, as the cliché emphasizes, what is good for the goose should be good for the goose as well.
If you have taken steps to outlaw a group that you unilaterally called a terrorist, declare the pastors terrorists as well, as their attack is even more devastating than the activities of those you allegedly outlawed. Even this inaction by the Federal Government is unconstitutional, being discriminatory according to article 42 of our Constitution, since the ban is now selective.
Therefore, we support this call as the activities of these bandits have become progressively regressive to our corporate existence as a united nation. Terrorism anywhere is a threat everywhere! We respectfully urge the President to do what is necessary at this time of our collective challenge as a nation
Failure to declare bandits terrorists: Call Buhari to order; Lawyers task lawmakers -GCFRNG