And the madness goes on…

denied Justice by his peers

“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is in receipt of a correspondence dated 18th August, 2011, from the National Judicial Council (NJC), recommending the compulsory retirement of Hon. Justice Isa Ayo Salami, OFR, for misconduct in accordance with the provisions of Section 292 (1) (a) (i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, and Rule 1 (1) of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” These are the words of the once respected media conscience man, now a paid piper of the PDP’s regime, Dr. Reuben Abati while announcing yet another indiscretion by the Jonathan administration.

Justice Aloysius Katsina Alu ...he started the drama

Do you know why the President and his media folks had to do this? It was supposedly over his (Justice Ayo Salami) refusal to apologize to the outgoing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloysius Katsina-Alu and the NJC as recommended by a committee headed by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Ibrahim Auta. While this excuse looks the obvious reason for the action taken by the President purportedly acting on the advice of the National Judicial Council, the underlying reasons show that the President himself is the prime beneficiary of the decision he wants to play out like he is only doing his job as President and Commander-in-Chief.

Goodluck Jonathan... acted swiftly on this case compared to the dour state of his government

There are petitions all over the place, not least the President’s battle for his own mandate against the opposition. Considering the way decisions of the Court of Appeal have mostly gone against the PDP, it is not surprising how despite the general non activity of his government, the President was quick to act on this one. The only way Dr. Goodluck Jonathan believes his and the mandate of his other Governors can be assured is if Justice Salami is booted out of office. The current events are only the most recent episode in a script that had long been written before now. While it would be easy to read news reports and just take things as they are, it is even more important to read every tittle and dot in the news reports and what is not said or reported and find that the members of the National Judicial Council have been compromised. Compromised without redemption, messed up you’d believe their consciences have been seared.

Take the South West where the PDP virtually placed its men in power over the wishes of the people. It was Justice Salami’s Court of Appeal in the face of threats that ensured the people’s voices were restored and the mandates given to the rightful owners. The elections that followed after these decisions showed that no one in the South West ever wanted the PDP. This is one history that’d not be repeated with Justice Salami out of the picture. It would be difficult for his replacement not to see his or her ascension to the position as the largesse of President, hence the need to play according to his call.

Dr. Reuben Abati ...the new voice of the PDP

We are clamoring for foreign investors yet the body saddled with upholding legality in our country is flouting court orders and engaging in the most illegal thing I have witnessed in the history of the PDP’s years of entrenching same in our polity. First they wouldn’t want sensitive election materials to be scrutinized because of “national security,” something that happens to be the last resort of every illegality of governments when they find no other excuse would be permitted for them to cash in on the freedom and liberty of the people. Dictators are falling and are being caged across the world, yet because the PDP has used the excuse of democracy to upturn the people’s wishes, to entrench a culture of corruption and illegality; they sit comfortable believing they are immune from an uprising. If they were, I doubt they still are. If their government is enjoying the mandate of the people, it is a shame they would not allow an unbiased system test that mandate.

As a nation we have a warped system of governance and institutions. The President appoints the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission that conducts the same election the President is competing in. Forget the integrity of whoever is appointed, it is just against the tenets of common justice for a man to appoint the judge in his own case. The President appoints people into sensitive positions and we are made to act like all is well as long as “good people” are the ones appointed. If we had set up the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for instance as a strong institution rather than an extension of the presidency being led by a strong man, folks like even the President’s wife would most likely be in jail now. Doesn’t the so called First Lady Patience Jonathan have a case of hundreds of millions of dollars hanging on her neck? Even the Inspector General Hafiz Ringim and a certain former Governor of Bayelsa state who has not been tried for corruption both have a history of protecting themselves, something for which someone still has his job despite his gross incompetence as the nation’s top cop – this apart from the fact that it is easy for one to be incompetent and still keep ones job under an incompetent leader.

Now Justice Salami has been towed out of office (temporarily or permanently) watch as the percentage of PDP’s victories at the Court of Appeal take an outlying difference. This is a hatchet job orchestrated by the powers that be and if you are still thinking the looks of a president determine his actions then you are in a jonzing world. As far this current malaise that rules the polity goes, it is a pointer to the fact that something has to give before it becomes a full blown national illness if it isn‘t already.

It is a shame really to move on the streets of Abuja and actually see that marked cars are on your trail, because men who ought to be watching the back of the people are watching the back of a government that is increasingly losing the confidence of the people, on whose sentiments and coupled with a dysfunctional electoral system it rose to power. This is not the end of these and you can bet it is not the end from here too.

Here I will take a break so that the defenders of illegality can voice their shallowness as usual. You can have the mic now and blow some hot air.

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