Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 15 October 2016 | 2,455 times
Immediate past Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Anambra State, Sir Oseloka Obaze, has described the recent arrest of four serving judges, Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court and two judges of the Federal High Court, Adeniyi Ademola (Abuja Division) and Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe) by DSS operatives as a rape on democracy that calls for serious concern.
He said that not following the rule of law strictly in this kind of issue smacks of high handed impunity and undermines the nascent democracy. “Without prejudice to the rule of law and the right to prosecute the judges for whatever crimes they allegedly committed, there is due process and statutory regulations within constitutional dictates, for dealing with judges who breach the law. The law of the land should be followed to the latter,” he stated. On the current downward spiral of the nation’s economy, Obaze said that Nigeria is not a poor country but a country that is poorly managed hence, things are not well put in place. He added: “We don’t have to be in recession. We are not a poor country in the real sense of the word; we are a poorly managed country and that is the challenge. The fact that we got into recession can be traced to certain realities, scarcity of funds, people are not buying, the money in circulation has dried up and you can trace that to the single treasury account. “You can also trace the recession to the fact that the first Buhari budget for his administration had a N2.2 trillion deficits, it’s unrealistic. You are coming into government at a time oil prices are dropping globally, the least he should have strived for, is a zero growth budget, we spend exactly what we have, you cannot have a deficit of overhang of N2.2 trillion deficit hoping to finance part of it with money recovered from looters and taxes that have not been procured or projections of oil prices that is beyond your control. “We basically dug ourselves into a recession and like I said earlier, we shouldn’t be in a recession but that’s the reality and that’s where we are.