by Adeniyi Abdul
If you’re worried about the state of Nigeria, don’t fret; you’ve got a friend in the attorney-general of the Federation and minister for Justice Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, who has stated that Nigeria is on a “gradual descent to anarchy”. But not to worry, because, according to him, the government is concerned and doing everything possible to control the situation. (This being about the hundredth time we are being told this. Believe him if you still have any hope left.)
“Government is equally concerned about the spate of civil disturbances across the country,” Adoke said yesterday at the valedictory session held at the Supreme Court for the retiring chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher. “The recent Boko Haram and Jos crises are unfortunate examples that have evoked a lot of emotions and public condemnation both in Nigeria and from the international community.”
“Government is working hard to stem the tide of this gradual descent to anarchy by diligently prosecuting all those indicted for civil disturbances to serve as deterrence.”
President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Joseph Daudu, SAN also spoke at the event, stating that Nigerians have no faith in the ability of government to protect them. “It is settled law that the state in exchange for the people’s obedience is enjoined to protect their lives and property,” Daudu said. “There has been a palpable failure to protect the lives of Nigerians by the state from internal strife or external aggressor.”
“However, none of the foregoing has happened to restore the faith of Nigerians in the ability of government to provide safety and security,” Daudu concluded.