Concerned Nigerians have raised serious concerns over the rationale of the recent withdrawal of Nigeria from 90 international organisations unilaterally by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A Nigerian professional living in the United Kingdom and convener of Igbo Ekunie, Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke said that our fledgling democracy is more and more heavily endangered at the hands of President Buhari.
Maazi Ezeoke said this during a South-East South-South Network [SESSNet] interactive dialogue session on Saturday.
He wondered what powers Buhari has to undertake such move without recourse to the national Assembly.
He asked: “Can we for once take a step backwards and ask what the reason for that decision was?
“What was the official reason for that unilateral decision by President Muhammadu Buhari?”
So far, lack of fund to finance those organizations was giving as the main reason although Nigerians are skeptical of the real motives.
Another concerned SESSNet member, Chuks Joe, expressing serious concern over the action, asked:
“Is The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which we were unilaterally taken into by military fiat, one of these 90 organizations?
Further raising concern over the decision without the approval of the National Assembly, he asked:
“How can a democratically elected President just wake up and make a decision to unilaterally withdraw Nigeria from organizations without the ratification of the National Assembly?”
He then lamented that “the military has taken over police duties, freedom of association is under threat by an administration that can label you a terrorist and label the real terrorists as ‘criminals”.
“Now it is looking like the President is taking over The Senate’s job. Is this still democracy?” he pondered?
Another concerned Nigerian confided in Elombah.com that the withdrawal may have been orchestrated by the pressures from the bodies over the poor handling of the agitations for an independent Biafra nation.
It could be recalled that Buhari suddenly and without previous notification withdrew the membership of Nigeria from Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); United Nations Organisation (UNO); African Development Bank (ADB); African Union (AU); Commonwealth of Nations; Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and others.
See below list of some of the 90 international organisations Nigeria exited from:
Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, ACP; African Development Bank (ADB); African Union (AU); Commonwealth of Nations; Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Group of 15; G-19; Group of 24 and Group of 77.
Others are International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD); International Chamber of Commerce, (ICC); International Civil Aviation Organisation, (ICAO); International Criminal Court (ICC); International Development Association (IDA); International Finance Corporation (IFC); International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO); International Labor Organisation (ILO); International Monetary Fund (IMF); and International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Also, International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO); International Olympic Committee, (IOC); International Organisation for Standardization (IOS); International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IRCRCM); International Telecommunications Union (ITU); Interpol; Non-Aligned Movement; Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW); Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); Permanent Court of Arbitration; United Nations Organisation (UNO); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR); United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM); United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITR) and United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNIAMK). Others are United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (UNMRWS); United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMBH); United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT), et al.
Curiously, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), an organ that project Islamic agenda and interests worldwide, is missing from the list.
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