Not necessarily that the invasion of Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo; popularly known as Sunday Igboho, born on October 10, 1972, at Igboho Town – a quite community located in Oke-Ogun of Oyo State in South West of Nigeria, by the Directorate of Security Services [DSS] in the early hours [0100 hours] of Thursday, July 1, 2021, could capture the current situation of Nigeria appropriately, because this was an invasion that came with a different dimension in operational procedure.
One, it cannot be argued that the invasion lacked legal backing as one is not sure if the DSS, fully armed in a like-manner of forces going to war, arrived Sunday Igboho’s house in Ibadan, with either search warrant, arrest warrant or both. But the explanation given by the Public Relation officer of the DSS; Peter Afunanya, when he was speaking to the Press did not confirm availability of both instrument [Search Warrant and Arrest Warrant] in that operation.
Two, the level of destruction to the house and properties [including all vehicles in the compound] could have only been an insignia of bandits and insurgents operation. And one is not too sure if such banditry style of operation on the home of a Nigerian citizen is permitted by the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended, or any other instant law of the land. But suffice to say that the method of operation adopted by the DSS in the house of Sunday Igboho that night could be liken to Adolf Hitler’s Gestapo procedural method of operation or banditry’s oath to Omerta law of operation.
Another major breaking news of last week was the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu; the self-saddled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], in Kenya and the Gestapo method of how the security agents brought him to Nigeria. His arrest and being brought to Nigeria, as far as I am concerned, was expected – it was a clarion call to fulfilment of cause of justice.
I say this primarily because the man jumped bail in Nigeria. Bringing him back to face justice in the country where he committed the crime – because jumping bail is a heinous crime, is an assured path of dispensing justice at the fullest of time. And each country has the right of implementing of its legal system as long as such system agrees with the constitution of the country in one hand, and also in agreement with international laws.
But what many Nigerians, ditto the international community, may find difficult to understand is why the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Abubakar Malami [SAN], who is the de-facto and de-jury number One law officer for the Federal Republic, decided to break the news of Kanu’s arrest to the Media in Hausa language before following with English language.
That action calls to question the language that is Nigeria lingua franca. Is it English or Hausa language? It is true that the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, in a particular section, provides that any of the three languages – Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo, can be used in the National Assemble. This provision adopted specific conditions of such action. One, the provision speaks specifically and exclusively, pegging such action “only to the National Assembly”, and also the provision stipulates another condition of application, to wit: “arrangement of interpretation”.
Anything contrary to the provisions of the Constitutional would remain aberration, and if it is aberration, it becomes null and void. Ipso facto, the Nigerian Attorney General and Minister of Justice owes Nigerians either apology or full explanation – an explanation that carries Constitutional input.
The interpretation of Nigerians, should Abubakar Malami fails to do the needful; which would be either explanation or apology, would be that a language in Nigeria, albeit the Hausa language, has been elevated above all other languages, or that the Hausa language has replaced Nigeria’s lingua franca. This thought, if allowed to grow, would complicate further the weak code of unity that is currently setting the country closer to the point of precinct.
Now, let us return to what we have for review at Lagos Talks 91.3 FM, tomorrow, Monday, July 2, 2021, as Adu & The Guru come on air by 0930 hours, live, for review of topical issues.
Not too many Nigerians would easily forget that there was a time some N37bn was approved by the Executive for renovation of the National Assembly building. And too many of us held the belief that the National Assembly building had been properly taken care of until this heavy rain descended on Abuja last week; a rain that exposed the National Assembly as a place without roof. It was like “America wonders” when all the workers at the National Assembly were involved in finding way of drying up what some people later called “River National Assembly”
There came an opportunity for the leadership of the National Assembly to let their electors know what happened to the said approved money for the renovation of the place. And this “new narration” was picked up by the Chairman of the National Assembly; Senator Ahmad Lawan – the President of the Senate, hence the story captioned “Leaking Roofs: We Never Approved N37bn for Renovation, Says Senate”, would engage our time tomorrow, by the grace of God.
We shall equally be listening to the Governor of Kaduna State; Nasir El-Rufai’s treatise lecture on the difference that separate Boko Haram Insurgents, Banditry Group and Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB. It might be an interesting lecture; from the Kaduna Oracle, that should capture our interest. It is captured Why Boko Haram, bandits can’t be treated like IPOB, by El-Rufai
Then this: Farouk Lawan: How ‘Mr Integrity’ became corrupt ‘cap banker’.
Farouk Lawan; a very clever and erudite politician, assigning to himself a faithful leader of the Integrity Group in the Nigerian National Assembly, held way as a man loaded with integrity for over twelve years until he met his waterloo – like Napoleon Bonaparte met his waterloo in the battle of Elbe, in the hands of Femi Otedola.
That was when the security agents, through a properly sting operation proved that Mr Integrity was not what he claimed to be. This matter of unholy integrity went through a turbulent trial in court, moving like snail, having four different judges presiding, until last week when Mr Integrity was jailed. Why don’t you join the conversation tomorrow for full analysis of Farouk Lawan – the Nigerian Chairman of Integrity Group who is now cooling off in jail for anti-integrity reasons?
There are many more topical issues coming under the hammer of The Guru tomorrow, again, by the grace of the Almighty God, and each of the issues would remain golden. Join the conversation, and you will be happy you did, please.
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