Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to stop subverting the rule of law as there is no short cut to democracy.
In a statement entitled “Buhari’s Pernicious Doctrine”, Soyinka said that the President must have thought about his own travails under a military dictatorship and concluded that it was also in the national interest.
“Here we go again! At his first coming, it was “I intend to tamper with Freedom of the Press”, and Buhari did proceed to suit action to the words, sending two journalists – Irabor and Thompson –to prison as a reward for their professional integrity.
“Now, a vague, vaporous, but commodious concept dubbed “national interest” is being trotted out as alibi for flouting the decisions of the Nigerian judiciary. President Buhari has obviously given deep thought to his travails under a military dictatorship, and concluded that his incarceration was also in the “national interest”.
“The timing is perfect, and we have cause to be thankful for the advance warning, since not all rulers actually make a declaration of intent, but simply proceed to degrade the authority of the law as part of the routine business of governance. We have been there before,” he said.
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