Buhari led administration intimidating judges ahead of 2019 election – Obasanjo
The President Muhammadu Buhari led government has been accused of intimidating the judiciary into doing its bidding ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The allegation was made by former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was a guest speaker yesterday at the 70th birthday anniversary lecture of a one-time Mnister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Josephine Anenih.
Obasanjo in his address said some Federal institutions created for normal administration and dispensation of justice, like EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC; Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, and Ministry of Justice, were being directed to witch-hunt and pursue political opponents.
“The use of intimidation, violence and physical attacks have started in some states. It is understood that judges are already being intimidated so as to prepare them to do the ruling party’s bidding in election petitions. All these are visible in today’s practice of democracy in Nigeria.
“For me, that after almost 20 years of the beginning of the present dispensation, it has not been derailed, is enough a development in progress, even though there are many unpalatable practices and dangerous signs that have shown their ugly heads, which is the strongest indication that our democracy is alive.
He enjoined practitioners of Nigeria’s democracy to be true democrats, as this was the desire of the people.