Says Nigeria never been so bad since amalgamation
Paul Obi in Abuja
Human rights lawyer and legal luminary, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on TuesdayÂ blasted the presidency over statement credited to it that President Muhammadu Buhari would have to work from home pending the cleaning of his office which was invaded by rats and rodents.
Ozekhome, a constitutional lawyer also lampooned the Buhariâ€™s government of deriding Nigeria in many respect, as the country has never been so bad since amalgamation by Lord Lugard and his wife, Flora Shaw.
He said: â€œIt is a very shameful and disgraceful statement that emanated from the presidency to the effect that PMB, after a whole 105 days abroad on medical grounds, cannot work from his office because of rats and rodents.
â€œSo, a whole Julius Berger, the German construction giant has to be called in to drive them away and repaint the office! This statement further derides and shames Nigeria as a country. Why didnâ€™t the same, or similar rodents pursue Obasanjo, Yarâ€™Adua, Jonathan during their presidency?â€ he asked.
Ozekhome maintained that â€œfor truth, there is another mini office at the villa quite different from the official residence and main office. Let Buhari work from them.
â€œLetâ€™s see our president working, not through still photo shopping. For how long will this government take the Nigerian citizens for a ride and for robots?
â€œWho told the image makers we are as brainless as they are? Donâ€™t they know that lies have expiry date and that propaganda cannot substitute for image making? Goebel was a fantastic World War propagandist, but failed woefully as information minister.
â€œLet this opaque government of barefaced misinformation, lies, deceit and cluelessness know that its directionlessness and incapacity to govern are hurting this country badly.
â€œThe economy is in horrific tatters, image bald-battered, security shattered, governance mangled and transparency and accountability interred. Nigeria is today more divided, more hate-inebriated, more crisis- ridden and more dangerous precipice-prone than ever before.
â€œNigeria is today more derided, more excoriated and more corrupt than it has ever been. Nigeria has never had it so bad since her forced amalgamation on January 1,1914,by imperious Lord Lugard and his wife Flora Lugard (nee Shaw, who actually named the country after Niger-Area), Ozekhome added.