Buhari's certificate controversy indicates impunity,  deceptive ideology of APC-Group

By Owolabi Labode

A Non-governmental Organisation,  Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative(ADAPHAI) has described the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to present his O level certificate for the second time as a show of impunity. 

The group,  in a press statement signed by its Executive Director,  Mr Olaniyi Ajibola,  the copy which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday  also flayed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  for condoning 'illegality' by  clearing Buhari for presidential contest without meeting requisite educational requirement. 

It added that the policies of the ruling APC for over three years of Buhari led administration, which according to the group fell short of the people's aspirations and expectations portrayed the party as association of deceptive political players and sheer jobbers. 

ADAPHAI noted that the change mantra of the party turned out to be negative in scope and in content,  adding that the socio-political life of Nigerians turned worst in the last three years rather than an expected turn around. 

It mentioned the high price index and poor standard of living among Nigerians as a sign of 'retrogressive economy' and a signal of failed nation. 

The group argued that contrary to the 'fluke' political picture being painted  by APC as general election approaches,  majority of Nigerians are disenchanted with the party and it's government.

"We are worried by the level of  impunity being displayed by President Muhammadu Buhari and his party,  the APC,  it is indeed a bad omen for our democratic journey and  nationhood. 

"It is unthinkable to have heard the President saying that his credentials are still with the military for the second time, and INEC went ahead to clear him to stand for election without meeting up with requisite qualifications as stipulated by the constitution. 

"To us,  this is antithetical to rule of law and democratic ethos,  it also poses a great danger to political stability and serenity; it is simply condemnable to say the least. 

"We call on leading democratic nations and international organisations that are working for good governance and democratic advancement around the world to condemn this brigandage for the purpose of strengthening democracy in Nigeria ", the statement said. 


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