The national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that the only way out of the BokoHaram menace in the country is justice.
He stated that those in the positions of authority in the country must protect the entire judicial system, protect all Nigerians’ rights to justice and freedom, which should not be based on party discrimination, amount of money or weapons.
Describing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a cultist group, calling themselves a party, Tinubu said; “the PDP members are turning themselves into a mafia group that they must hijack and wreck the judiciary as they have wrecked the economy of this country’.
Addressing journalists in Abuja last week, Tinubu said that when hope and confidence is fully eroded in the judicial systems to justice, there could not be anything other than anarchy.
He condemned how one of the leaders of the Boko Haram sect was given summary execution without interrogating him deeply and find out who gave the sect members orders, saying that “may be if they had investigated him very well and interrogated him without executing him summarily, he might have given the names of those who gave the orders; or maybe he had revealed those behind it and they did not tell us”.
“To every civilised nation, when you arrest the leader of a sect that you consider dangerous, no matter how dangerous he is, you give him the rights to justice; you have no right to take it brutally and give him summary execution, that is the fact”, he complained.
“Whether the confidence and trust in any constitutional democracy is being breached or implemented, the only interpreter is the judiciary. They are supposed to demonstrate unbiased independent minds, because the liberty of everybody in the country should not be based on the amount of weapons in our possession.
“But where that hope is lost and confidence in the judicial system is fully eroded, the alternative is self-help and self-help is anarchy. The nation will become rudderless, ungovernable and the right of everyone is in jeopardy. That is why we must do everything possible to protect the judicial system, because it is an institution building.
“Those in the positions of authority should not think of what will happen to Nigeria alone when we are in anarchy, but think about what will happen to the entire West African sub-region, because in every five African, there is a Nigerian. And when this happens, Tunisia, Syria, Libya will all be examples and a child play, if we trample so much on people’s rights”, Tinubu stated.
He then called on all Nigerians to work together to restore the hope and dignity of the country, saying that “this is the time, so that the rights of our children, our rights to travel internationally and be respected, and our passport would not become a stigma”.