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Presidency Stance On Magu, Ali, Telltale Signs Of Dictatorship – Fayose

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JOHN ABIODUN, ADO EKITI

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said that the stance of the Presidency in the matters involving the National Assembly and Acting Director General of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, and as well the Comptroller-general of Nigeria Custom, Hammed Ali, is an indication of looming dictatorship under the present Federal Government.

Fayose, who said the brazen silence of the Presidency in the matters showed the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was supporting the men against the legislative arm, yesterday urged Nigerians to resist the alleged rascality of Presidency officials and rise in defence of democracy.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, accused the officials of the Presidency of being bent on destroying the country’s hard-earned democracy and emasculating the National Assembly.

It would be recalled that although the Senate had twice rejected the nomination of Magu as substantial EFCC boss just as it last week declared Ali unfit for any public office over uniform issue and refusal to honour its invitation, the Presidency is yet to react.

Fayose said: “It is a shame when the Constitution of the country is violated by Federal appointees and the Presidency keeps silent.

“It confirms that the Presidency is the one behind it. In the uniform saga involving the Comptroller-General of Customs, it is safe to say that the Presidency is in support of Hammed Ali against the National Assembly. Magu’s nomination has twice been rejected by the Legislature; yet, he sits pretty in office: Under what law and by whose authority?

“It is scary that a whole Senate of the Federal Republic has to bow to an appointee who had needed the same Senate to confirm his appointment. In a democracy which thrives on separation of powers, this is tantamount to an invasion of the hallowed chambers of the legislature, in the same manner that we recently witnessed against the Judiciary”.

The governor, who decried alleged efforts by the Buhari administration “to hand-cuff the National Assembly, describing it as a subtle plot to foist full-blown dictatorship on Nigerians, quipped: “The major difference between democracy and dictatorship is the presence of the legislature in democracy and its absence in a dictatorship”.

Consequently, he charged Nigerians to resist such development, saying: “In doing so, we shall be defending our democracy and we shall also be defending ourselves and generations of Nigerians yet unborn. This democracy cost us a lot in blood and sweat. The labour and sacrifice of the heroes and heroines of our democracy must not be allowed to go in vain”.

Fayose said: “The infractions by the President’s men are becoming too often, too many, and achingly intolerable. We run a constitutional government and not a dictatorship. It is a shame that they are all behaving as if Nigeria is a banana republic.

“Presidency appointees are ridiculing and sneering at the Legislature, which comprised the elected representatives of the people; Presidency appointees are relentlessly and without remorse tearing the fabrics that bind this country together: What are they turning this country into? When last did this happen in Nigeria?

“If a power-drunk Presidency is bent on violating the law, why can’t the individuals concerned be men and women of integrity?”

According to the governor who said the legislature must perform its role, “the spirit as well as the letters of our Constitution; and, indeed, the pillars of democratic governance erected this road block to enforce checks and balances and keep the Executive in check because power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely

“Otherwise, we shall have dictatorship on our hands and President Buhari would soon become Emperor Buhari in the same mould or even worse than those of Emperor Jean Bedel Bokassa and Emperor Idi Amin Dada. God forbid!” the governor stated.

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