The Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) wish to tell all Nigerians and members of the international community to hold Senior Advocates of Anarchy in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as well as the government of Gen Muhammadu Buhari responsible in the event of total collapse of the country’s pluralistic democracy and constitutionalism including the rule of law and respect for and protection of constitutional liberties .
SBCHROs comprises of:
1. International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety),
2. Anambra State Branch of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO),
3. Center for Human Rights & Peace Advocacy (CHRPA),
4. Human Rights Club (a project of LRRDC)(HRC),
5. Forum for Justice, Equity & Defense of Human Rights (FJEDHR),
6. Society Advocacy Watch Project (SPAW),
7. Anambra Human Rights Forum (AHRF),
8. Southeast Good Governance Forum (SGGF),
9. International Solidarity for Peace & Human Rights Initiative (ITERSOLIDARITY) and,
10. Igbo Ekunie Initiative (pan Igbo rights advocacy group)
The present Senior Advocates of Anarchy, also referred to as Democratic or Constitutional Anarchists are dominated by the recipients of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)-a supposed eminent title created by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) for outstanding and distinguished legal practitioners and law lecturers in Nigeria.
The number of SANs in Nigeria has risen to over 400 from its 344 as at 7th of July 2011.
By the anarchical activities of these legal anarchists, Nigeria’s democracy and its constitutionalism have been grossly battered.
The principles of rule of law including civil liberties, equality before the law, fair hearing and fair trial have also been battered and bastardized.
Through the coupist and anarchical activities of these latter day constitutional and democratic enemies, pocketful of advancements made in these areas in the last dispensation including observance of rule of law and protection of constitutional liberties have been dangerously reversed.
The most worrying part of it all is that these are the same characters that were respected locally and internationally as the beacons of democratic freedoms and advocates of the voiceless particularly in two last democratic governance dispensations.
Economically and socially, most of these anarchists have made it and ought to be conscientiously contented.
How they turned themselves into agents of darkness and profiteers of democratic anarchy still baffles and shocks us till date.
Shockingly too, most of the governance and constitutional blunders and regime atrocities committed by the Buhari administration today are solely on account of the anarchical advice and clandestine roles of the Senior Advocates of Anarchy and their conspirators under reference.
They are now run to for escapist advice and escapist legal technicalities whenever an appointee or an apologist of the Buhari’s violent democratic administration is caught in a web of corruption or state terrorism.
They go underground and say nothing whenever the Buhari administration orders its security forces to massacre unarmed, defenceless and nonviolent citizens and does massacre them.
Instead, they aid and abet the perpetrators of these State butcheries, launder their images and look for accidental opportunities to rise in their inglorious defence.
Whenever the Buhari administration breaches the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 or bastardizes same; they shamelessly rise in defence of his unconstitutional actions and turn the Constitution upside down to suit and sustain their egoistic whims and caprices and inglorious pact with the Buhari administration.
Their present activities, actions, conducts and opinions are totally in contrary with the sacred provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
They have riotously settled for Decrees No 2 and 4 of 1984 and disastrously impeached the 1999 Constitution.
They are now the opposites of the rule of law and constitutionalism, contrary to their advocacy positions of recent past years.
For instance, when late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, took Governor Ahmed Tinubu (as he then was) to court (High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) over an allegation of certificate forgery, some of the anarchists under reference, rose in strong defence of Governor Ahmed Tinubu’s constitutional immunity from criminal arrest, trial and prosecution while in office and the Supreme Court rose in their support as per shielding a sitting governor and president and their deputies from criminal arrest, prosecution and trial while in office.
But when the same immunity question aroused in the case of sitting Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and others, they turned around and turned the 1999 Constitution upside down.
As if these were not enough, they recently threw their professional and silk opinions behind the desperation of the Buhari administration in its coupist efforts to unseat the Executive Governor of Abia State, Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD as against clear provisions of the 1999 Constitution and age-long judicial precedents of fair hearing and right of appeal.
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