Nigeria is gradually descending to anarchy – AGF

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The Federal Government, yesterday, expressed
its concern over the increasing spate of
violence across the country, saying it is
“working hard to stem the gradual descent to
anarchy by diligently prosecuting all those
indicted for civil disturbances to serve as
deterrence.”
The Attorney General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke,
SAN, who made this declaration in a speech he
presented at a valedictory court session that
was organized in honour of the retiring
Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice
Dahiru Musdapher, yesterday, lamented that
“the recent Boko Haram and Jos crises are
unfortunate examples that have evoked a lot
of emotions and public condemnation both in
Nigeria and from the international
community.”
He said: “may I also use this auspicious
occasion to re-iterate government’s commitment
to the war against corruption and our collective
determination to prosecute the war within the
confines of the rule of law. To this end,
government has concluded arrangements to
commence the prosecution of those recently
indicted in the fuel subsidy probe report and
the charges arising from the investigation
conducted by relevant law enforcement
agencies will be filed very soon.
“Efforts are also being made to strengthen
our institutions and processes to prevent future
occurrence as well as curb corruption.”
Meanwhile, shortly after the AGF finished
his speech, the Nigerian Bar Association,
NBA, descended heavily on the Federal
Government, saying it has completely failed
in its statutory duties of protecting lives and
properties of its citizenry.
The NBA, via an address that was presented
by its National President, Chief Joseph
Bodunrin Daudu, SAN, maintained that “it is
settled law that the state in exchange for the
Peoples obedience is enjoined to protect their
lives and property.”
“The Nigerian Bar Association deeply
commiserates with not only the Government
and People of Plateau State but with all
Nigerians over the premeditated killing of
defenceless civilians by unknown armed men
in Riyom and other villages of Plateau State
where hundreds of men, women and children
were massacred in cold blood.
“May God Almighty grant the souls of these
defenceless Nigerians rest in perfect peace:
This is not the first time that Nigerians are
being subjected to such attacks; the question to
ask is where were those that are charged to
protect the lives and property of Nigerians
when these attacks and crises occur?
“There has been a palpable failure to protect
the lives of Nigerians by the State from
internal strife or external aggression. Where
the latter is the case, Nigerian State is entitled
to proceed on hot pursuit of the aggressors and
murderers of our people even as far as into
other sovereign territories.
“However, none of the foregoing has
happened to restore the faith of Nigerians in
the ability of government to provide safety
and security. Nature abhors a vacuum.
Government must take decisive steps to remedy
this alarming state of insecurity.”
Meantime, both the AGF and the legal body,
yesterday, extolled the virtues of the
outgoing CJN who they said deserved rest
after about 44 years of meritorious service to
the legal profession, noting that he
contributed immensely towards advancing the
frontiers of knowledge and the progressive
development of law in Nigeria.
Vanguard Nigeria

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