Updated: February 27, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari is a former Nigerian military dictator with limited formal education and a heart for revenge, especially towards Nigerians from the South.
During the last four presidential elections, he has been unable to provide a copy of his certificate and when it became apparent the Supreme Court would annul his election based on lack of qualification, he sacked the head of the court just weeks to voting.
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Omoyele Sowore, a foremost new media Nigerian journalist, activist and politician remains in detention charged with sedition for planning to organize a rally to demand transparency in a country he said was in chaos.
Now, an advocacy group in Nigeria is raising an alarm that another Nigerian journalist from southern Nigeria faces arrest. Buhari is from the North and his trusted hands in virtually all key positions are also from northern Nigeria.
If he leaves power in four years, power should return to the south although already the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who does not have anything problem with formal education is already accused of stealing money. He has rejected the allegations but allies say they know where they are coming from.
The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development(AIED), has described the alleged move by the Nigerian government to summarily arrest an investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, for exposing the rots and corruption in the Nigeria Prison Service and Police Force as “nauseating” and “appalling”.
In a press release on Tuesday, signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, the organization chided the Federal Government for going against its anti-corruption stand and sliding into totalitarianism.
“We woke up today to a piece of disturbing news, one capable of eroding every piece of civility in our country and knighting us as nothing more than a Banana Republic.
“Mr. Fisayo Soyombo, the highly decorated investigative journalist who has been at the forefront of exposing the rots in our society is being surveyed for arrest by agents of the Federal Government for once again exposing the massive corruption across the Police and Prison Services in the country.
“The now viral undercover investigative work embarked upon by Mr. Fisayo which exposure seems to have triggered some powerful officers of the Prison and Police Services should be commended by all progressive Nigerian. What Mr. Fisayo has done will take months and huge resources to unearth should the federal government have lived through its promise of ridding the system of corruption.
“Mr. Fisayo is a national hero that puts himself in dangerous circumstances to protect whatever is left of the sanity of this country.
Instead of having him feared for his life and that of his family, the federal government should be concentrating resources on arresting and prosecuting all those who have turned our institutions to barter.
“This planned arrest is distasteful, nauseating, appalling and against every known convention of civility.
“In the words of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the work of a journalist is not to report if Mr. A says the sky is black and Mr. B says it is white, but to inspect carefully and report the truth. Mr. Fisayo has done that and he should never be rewarded with highhandedness.