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Buhari Tackles Police, Judiciary On Impunity

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 2:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 By Chesa Chesa,  Abuja


Nigeria’s long-standing culture of impunity is billed to change the coming months, going by assurance on Saturday by President Muhammadu Buhari, when he directed the Police and judiciary to confront the manace all its ramifications.

On his part, the President promised everything possible to strengthen the nation’s justice system so that the two institutions can perform their responsibilities creditably.

He spoke at the Presidential Villa during a meeting with visiting State Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who passed a vote of confidence on the one-month old administration.

The party chieftains also used the opportunity to complain of political intimidation in states controlled by governors of other parties before the president.

Buhari promised that he would ensure perpetrators of all forms of political assassinations, intimidation, and kidnappings are quickly brought to justice, irrespective of their political affiliations.

He stressed that Nigeria’s criminal justice system needs to curb the reign of injustice and impunity in the country, expressing commitment to ensuring that there was a level-playing field for all, to ensure participatory democracy in the country.

He said this would be one sure way of helping to nurture the democratic process, even as he restated his commitment to respecting the personal rights of Nigerians.

His words: “At every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if our democratic system is to survive.

“Injustice cannot survive for long; justice will ultimately prevail.

“We will make sure that those saddled with the responsibility of ensuring justice and equity do not rest on their oars.

“The only way we can sustain our democracy is to ensure that the law remains supreme at all times.

“If the law is upheld, people will have confidence that they can vote for who they want to vote for, without intimidation or threats.

“People must have protection to exercise their rights freely or we could be heading for anarchy.

“The police and the judiciary must ensure that justice is done in the country.

“We won’t allow impunity to continue in certain states, where the rights of the people are being violated.

“I have a personal commitment to fair play and respect of personal rights. This government will do all that is possible to enforce that.

“My address to National Executive Council of the APC was very clear. We are now in the frontline.  We are the party in government.

“We must lead by good example and consolidate on the gains of our democratic system,” he stressed.

The President urged the state chairmen and other political leaders in the country to keep to prescribed legal processes for resolution of political disputes, instead of seeking self help and in the process resorting to violence, criminality and other forms of unacceptable behaviour in seeking redress for any perceived injustice.

He also called on his visitors to work with the party’s elected officials in ensuring that the APC delivers on its promise of better living conditions for all Nigerians.

Leader of the delegation and Chairman of the APC in Kano State, Umar Dogowa, said the group was in the Villa to reaffirm its support for President Buhari and his administration.

Dogowa assured the President that they would uphold the values of the party, promote peace and unity in the country, while also ensuring that APC elected members fulfil their promises to Nigerians.