Mad­ness in Zam­fara

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

In­deed only ras­cal­ity and im­punity can de­scribe the cur­rent mad­ness of the ex­ec­u­tive be­ing per­pet­u­ated in Zam­fara State. One won­ders if buoyed by the tra­vails of the cur­rent Se­nate Pres­i­dent and his deputy who are locked in a cat and mouse game of im­mense pro­por­tions over a forgery scan­dal in­volv­ing Se­nate rules,

Gover­nor Yari of Zam­fara State has de­cided to act his own ver­sion of Tom and Jerry to copy the drama at the na­tional stage.

In a move rem­i­nis­cent of a fledg­ling dic­ta­tor us­ing the state ap­pa­ratchiks in a Gestapo like man­ner, the em­bat­tled Gover­nor swooped upon the State House of As­sem­bly, ar­rest­ing its Speaker and Deputy while send­ing the rest of the house mem­bers scam­per­ing for cover to es­cape the blitzkrieg of the hot tem­pered gover­nor.

Where is the outcry over the threat to in­tim­i­date and mus­cle out the leg­is­la­ture? If care is not taken, more gov­er­nors would see the Zam­fara episode as a path­way to whip their state as­sem­bly mem­bers into line.

Since when did plot­ting to im­peach a gover­nor be­come a crim­i­nal of­fense wor­thy of the in­ter­ven­tion of the DSS? Has the Ex­ec­u­tive be­come so power drunk that they have be­come dic­ta­tors who fail to see the over­sight func­tions of the House of As­sem­bly in its con­sti­tu­tion­ally recog­nised role of pro­vid­ing checks and bal­ances?

Gover­nor Ab­du­laziz Yari stands ac­cused of em­bez­zling Bil­lions in Naira in­clud­ing the bailout fund meant to pay work­ers.

In­deed it is on record that most gov­er­nors em­bez­zled this bailout fund as al­leged by ICPC in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the uti­liza­tion of the funds so isn’t it proper for the law­mak­ers in the af­fected states to start prob­ing this hor­ren­dous crime? But in a fit of mad­ness, a jus­ti­fied Leg­isla­tive func­tion has turned into a kan­ga­roo court and dis­taste­ful game of Rus­sian roulette.

This is not democ­racy, for if be­cause of the toga of im­mu­nity gives a gover­nor the pass­port to com­mit im­punity with­out any brake pads to put the brakes on this out of con­trol ve­hi­cle of gov­er­nance, then democ­racy is dead in Nige­ria.

Nige­ria’s democ­racy is dy­ing a slow but sure death at the rate we are go­ing. Alas the mad­ness in Zam­fara is just one more chap­ter in the book of hor­rors per­pet­u­ated in Nige­ria.

If the Ex­ec­u­tive ras­cal­ity in Zam­fara is left to stand, the end is nigh for our democ­racy as we move into the era of au­to­cratic rule of the War­lords with the big­gest war chest. God for­bid. Us­man Mo­hammed, IBB Uni­ver­sity, La­pai-Niger State.

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