Present administration worse than military rule, Wike cries out.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has insisted that the present administration in the country is worse than the military regime.
He, however, vowed that Nigerians would resist any attempt by the Federal Government to deliberately truncate the nation’s democracy.
He said the extreme manipulation of the system and the enthronement of a culture of impunity by the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not augur well for the country.
Wike stated this yesterday during the inter-denominational service to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in Port Harcourt.
His words: “We are no longer in a democracy. This system is worse than the military. Even under the military, people’s opinions counted. Nigeria will resist any attempt to truncate this democracy.
“With what I am seeing with this present government, because they are smelling defeat, they are not likely to hand over if they lose.
“If they lose, they will prefer something funny to happen. Anybody that does that will face the consequences. Now they are pushing people to the wall. Be careful how you deny people their mandate. Allow people’s votes to count.”
He argued that the charges concocted by the Buhari administration against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, were aimed at caging the judiciary ahead of planned manipulation of the polls.
The governor further noted that the charges against the CJN were targeted at the Niger Delta just about the same way they muzzled former President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that both Jonathan and Onnoghen held the positions for the first time since 1960.
Wike expressed disappointment that an Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) could be used to concoct illegal charges against the CJN.
“They know and the law is clear. You cannot try any judge except the National Judicial Council (NJC) approves. They know they cannot try the CJN. But all they are doing is to cause embarrassment and put fear in the judges,” he added.
Speaking, Venerable John Adubasim cautioned against any attempt to scuttle the nation’s democracy.
He prayed God to bless the families of the fallen heroes and war veterans, saying their sacrifices would not be forgotten.
He said God would embarrass anyone who tries to subvert the will of Rivers people, insisting that the military should not allow themselves to be used to manipulate the elections.