Human Right Lawyer, Abdul Mahmud has said that Nigeria is in an abusive marriage of militarists and the civil- a kwashiorkored diarchy.
He said this in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle, in reaction to the violence that characterise the November 16, 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship election.
According to the Legal luminary, the institutions of state that have made elections bloody and forceful selections, should be blamed for the state of elections in the country.
He said, “What would any sane citizen do in the face of the armanda and apparatuses of violence arrayed against him? Return home and not vote or collect eggroll and N3k and vote?”
“If you stay away, votes will be manufactured in your PU. If you stay away, the coronated candidate will be sworn by law, by fire and by force.”
“There’s a Hobson choice to be made: choice the rock, your life will be hard; choose the hard place, you will be rocking between misery and poverty. Or just choose the devil instead, your fate forever lies on the cross. Choose the deep blue sea, you drown.”
“Citizens are never meant to make the Hobson choice in a democracy. Never. Their choices are meant to define mandates, freely given. But, we aren’t in a democracy.”
“What are we in? In an abusive marriage of militarists and the civil- a kwashiorkored diarchy!”
“In this poor mix- or call it marriage- citizens have to make a choice to collect eggrolls and N3k and vote.
No bloodshed. Their consciences lost.”
“Would you want to defend your conscience against contraptions INEC will eventually declare free and fare, police and army will claim they secured well, or the court will uphold on the basis of a technicality?”
“Don’t blame voters. Blame those institutions of state that have made elections bloody and forceful selections. You know the institutions. Whoever declares these polls free and fair, may Soponna visit him!”