Remember the sting operation that got everyone riled up over the weekend? And rightly so too. Yes, the breaking and entering, the reckless abandon of due process that led ended up in a very polarised conversation all over the media space in Nigeria.
We’ve wondered when the Presidency, the office directly in charge of the State Security Service, would find it convenient to take a minute of their busy schedule of breaking, entering, and not-bringing-back-our-girls to weigh in on the matter and give a statement that pretends they care what we think.
Well, the Presidency found precisely that minute last night when Mr Garba Shehu, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, sent out a series of tweets explaining the position of the President on the matter.
Sadly, as one has now become accustomed to, the statement failed woefully to address most of the issues that irked Nigerians- which was every stage of the ‘surgical’ process really.
It was already a horrible situation for President Buhari anyway. If he claimed he did not authorise the actions, it would have finally confirmed what the plagiarism event raised- that our President has no understanding of the the workings of his own …
If he admitted, as Mr. Garba Shehu’s statement now makes it seem, that he did authorise the actions of the Security agents, it confirms that President Buhari has no regard for the respect of due process.
More disturbing however is the Presidency’s lack of regard for the collective sense of our understanding of these issues. Mr. Garba’s statement starts with an assurance that the President reserves the highest respect for the institution of the judiciary but it does not seem so. Not from the way the events were handled and certainly not in the way they watched everyone wail without providing an appropriate response in time.
Garba Shehu in a statement said the president is a committed democrat and will not go against the constitution but this is a flat out lie. The Presidency went against the constitution when it decided that a security agency established with its own clear and indisputable responsibilities went miles farther to do something else.
He went onto add that “the recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution.”
While we’d like to be on his side, his track record right now is not so reliable considering what has just happened with Senate President Saraki and company.
The fear really is how far the President will go without regard for law and accountability to us in his quest to “cleanse” the system.