A coalition of pro-democracy activists, among them some of the leading lights of the struggle against military dictatorship are billed to converge in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, on Thursday to perfect their war plan against the current phase of dictatorship in the country.
They are regrouping on the platform of Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM). They have accordingly given President Muhammadu Buhari upto this Friday, to reinstate the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen or face unprecedented mass action.
NIM being galvanized by the doyen of the pro-democracy struggle, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN and the son of a former Prime Minister of Nigeria, Dr Tafawa Balewa. They are viewing the suspension of the CJN and the swearing in of the justice Tanko Ibrahim Mohammed as a threat to Nigeria’s fledgeling democracy.
Agbakoba with the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN, Femi Falana SAN, Mike Ozekhome SAN, Ayo Obe, and numerous others short-circuited military dictatorship that brought about the prevailing Republic.
NIM however, said they are putting President Buhari on a strong notice that at Friday, if he fails to reinstate the CJN they will be compelled to mobilise a coalition of Nigerian civil society and leaders of conscience across the country to confront the Buhari regime with an unprecedented mass action to save Nigeria’s democracy.
Below is a full statement that contains their position on the issue of Justice Onnoghen’s suspension:
The third force movement under the auspices of Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM have given President Muhammadu Buhari seven days to reinstate the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen or face an unprecedented mass action from the third force movement and its allies until the President’s unpopular decision is rescinded
The NIM being jointly led by a frontline civil right activist and legal Icon, Dr Olisa Agbakoba SAN and the son of former prime minister of Nigeria, Dr Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa profoundly views the suspension of the CJN and the precipitate swearing in of the President’s Kinsman, Justice Tanko Ibrahim Mohammed as a threat to Nigeria’s fledgling democracy and the feasibility of the 2019 general elections as well a desperation to compromise all relevant Institutions of state ahead of the 2019 elections
By this statement, we wish to put President Buhari on a strong notice that at the end of seven days from today, if President Buhari fails to reinstate the CJN we shall be compelled to mobilise a Coalition Forces of Nigerian Civil society and leaders of conscience across the country to confront the Buhari regime with an unprecedented mass action to save Nigeria’s democracy
“We wish to assert that the action of the President today is subjudice, smacks of crass dictatorship and a setback for constitutional democracy in our country, just as it is a clear descent of civil rule to the dark days of military jackboot in Nigeria as recently alerted by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and we in NIM, who fought with our lives to restore Nigeria’s current democracy, have vowed to resist the dastardly move of the Buhari regime to cage all institutions of State ahead of the 2019 elections, with every resources at our disposal”
The meeting of the coalition of forces against civilian dictatorship in Nigeria has been slated to hold on Thursday 31st January in Lagos to kick start a nationwide mobilisation to save democracy ahead of the 2019 elections
Mr Debo Adeniyi
Director, Media Bureau
Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM”.