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Buhari President’s priorities are misplaced – CLO

The group accused Buhari of chasing shadows while a lot of Nigerians are committing suicide because of the recession.

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The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) has slammed President Buhari, saying that his priorities are misplaced.

This is coming on the heels of the re-opening of the forgery case against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The Executive Director of CLO, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ohabuenyi Ezike described the move as worrisome.

The group accused Buhari of chasing shadows while a lot of Nigerians are committing suicide because of the recession.

Ezike said “Instead of wearing the thinking caps to cogitate and plan on how to rescue Nigerians from the present economic quagmire and restore happiness and hope to the citizens, the APC government is wasting time on inanities. Meanwhile, the last time we checked, naira had slipped to N445 to a US dollar in the parallel market and N308 on the interbank market, while cost of living has hit the rooftop.

“Police report, earlier this month, showed that 62 Nigerians, so far, have committed suicide in the last six months. Nigerians are no longer suffering and smiling, we are suffering and dying.

“The continued hunting of National Assembly leaders close to two years after they were elected while our country is gradually dieing is a testimony to the fact that this government does not share in the sufferings and hardship of the people as it pretends to.

“It, therefore, worries us more that the Federal Government is busy chasing rats, while the entire house is on fire. Nigeria is the greatest loser because all these power games are coming at a time when all hands are needed to be on deck, with all the arms of government working concertedly and intensively to salvage the nation’s dying economy.

“Besides, it also gives cause for deep concern that a government, which intends to woo and retain foreign investors would hurriedly dock the presiding officers of its highest lawmaking body like common criminals without any credible evidence as it is turning out to be, but only to turn round to shop for evidences to achieve a predetermined mindset. Which wise foreign investors would invest in such a climate where the highest political leaders and the citizens are “criminals” and the judicial system a problem to obtaining justice.

“For the umpteenth time, CLO calls on President Mohammadu Buhari, to get his priorities right. He should separate primordial from national interest. This Senate forgery trial is so fraught with manipulations that may tend to make one think that the “war” is not the national interest. It is a distraction that we can do without in this dire times when Mr. President is supposed to inspire confidence, trust and unity among our people than the dance of “kokoma” that this regime has danced since it came to power.”

He also said the group is disturbed at what it described as the anti-democratic tendencies of the present administration, as regards Saraki’s trial.

Senator Ben Murray Bruce recently advised the federal government to reduce its spending on politicians, pilgrimages and rice importation.

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