Tomorrow being Tuesday, 1st October, 2019 Nigeria will be celebrating
its 59th independence anniversary having gained independence from its
colonial masters on October 1, 1960.
That event of 1960 was celebrated with fanfare because of the hope that
it will usher in a new lease of life for the nation and its citizens.
Nigerians and friends of the nation expressed the strong belief that the
independence would bring prosperity to replace poverty, peace to replace
insecurity and joy to replace years of anguish and mourning.
Many years down the line, especially 59 years after, the Coalition of
United Political Parties regrets that the nation has again returned into
bondage under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Buhari administration that rode into power in 2015 on the promise of
bringing change to the country has turned Nigeria
into a huge joke among the comity of nations.
Instead of positive change, the All Progresives Congress government has
only succeeded in unleashing immeasurable pains, division, incompetence,
banditary, tribalism and hopelessness among other ills on Nigerians in
For the nation’s 59th independence anniversary, there is indeed
absolutely nothing to celebrate about.
Buhari has so far displayed incompetence in administering this nation.
His leadership style has rubbished all the efforts made by the nation’s
founding fathers and past leaders to reposition the country for the
benefit of all.
At the moment, the nation’s economy is at its lowest ebb. There is
atmosphere of insecurity across the nation’s landscape. Terrorism,
banditary and kidnapping among others have become the order of the day.
Under Buhari, the rule of law has been set aside as his administration
chooses which court orders to obey and which ones to reject.
The administration has inflicted fear on the Judiciary by harassing and
arresting judges at will, therefore desecrating the temple of justice.
Opposition parties note that if Nigeria continues in this same path
under Buhari, the country is heading towards imminent collapse.
We hope and pray that Justices of the nation’s Supreme Court will resist
the siege placed on the judiciary by the present administration and do
the needful on the appeal of the opposition presidential candidate,
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that is currently before them.
The judiciary needs to stop Buhari if the country must move forward. The
justices can rescue Nigeria from Buhari and stop it from collapsing.
We assure Nigerians that true independence will come to them and the
country under a better administration, and not under Buhari
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere
Opposition Coalition CUPP Spokesperson