#SoundOff: President Buhari Needs To Face The Heat (Or Get Out Of...

#SoundOff: President Buhari Needs To Face The Heat (Or Get Out Of The Kitchen)

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, shown here on June 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

If President Muhammadu Buhari and his apologists do not want us to talk about his government and analyze his actions (and inactions ), then the man should leave that seat.

The seat Buhari sits in Aso Rock does not belong to him. It belongs to us – the people of Nigeria. That is the essence of government of the people. We decide who sits there, and if we don’t like the way you are sitting, we reserve the right to say so and to ask you to leave our seat.

You can not tell us to fear for our lives simply because we have chosen to bother about how we are being governed or misgoverned. No, you can not cow us into silence.

By asking us to be silent, you are confirming the fear we had before the elections that Buhari is an unrepentant dictator. You are telling us that Nigeria has started to delve into the pit of despotism .

The truth is that the constitution and laws of this country give us the right to form an opinion on the government and to share that opinion with others. See sec. 39 (1) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria, as Amended.

Therefore, If Buhari and his sycophants do not like the fact that we are speaking about his present unprecedented misgovernance , then he should resign from office.

He should resign also if the Boko Haram scourge is beyond him. He should resign if the economy is too much for him to manage . He should resign if the 21st century demands of governance is too strange or too hectic for his tired body.

And when we call on Buhari to resign, we are not doing anything treasonable or unlawful. Resignation from office is a constitutional and veritable means to change a government in Nigeria – see sec. 146 (1) our constitution.

So, Nigerians should not be cowed. We should continue to point the torch light of commonsense to the present grope – in – the – dark government of Buhari .

We must stay together and ensure that our country does not slide into the realm of a failed state.

Aniefiok I. Udoabasi is a legal practitioner and Head of Practice at The Brook Chambers. He is a chartered arbitrator and public affairs analyst. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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