Human Right Lawyer and Social Commentator Abdul Mahmud has said Nigeria is no more in a democracy, but a country now turned into an asylum in which Governors exhibit madness.
He said Wike is an example; Rivers, an asylum.
Mahmud said this in a series of tweets in reaction to the demolition of hotels on the order of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Wike had ordered the demolition of hotels in Eleme Council for flouting the state’s directives.
The demolished hotels are Prudent Hotel, Alode in Eleme and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne.
Madmud tweet read…
We’ve witnessed executive rascality in our country’s annals. When we returned to civil rule in 1999 we were hopeful that the rascality would abate. We were mistaken.
OBJ set the template, drawing from the rascality he perfected as a military Head of State. Recall that it was under his watch, Kalakuta Republic, a property belonging to the Ransom-Kuti, was raised
The Public Inquiry set up to investigate the burning of Kalakuta Republic later held that it was done by “unknown soldier”.
But, we now know, thanks to Major Jokolo, former Emir of Gwandu, that the burning was approved at the top of government and a certain Gen TY Danjuma ordered the burning.
Recall that years later, Lagos Government forcefully ejected Ojukwu from 29 Queens Drive, Ikoyi, at a time there was an injunction restraing the government from doing so.
Under the current dispensation we witnessed how successive government sacked the poor from waterfronts in Lagos. Acquired their parcels of land and turned them into private use.
Remember Okorocha. How he demolished a market in Owerri and a young boy – an only son – killed in the process.
Truth is: we are no more in a democracy. Our country has been turned into an asylum in which Governors exhibit madness. Wike is an example; Rivers, an asylum.
We are in the grip of a culture of ambivalence – the type that makes our democracy contradictory. Worse still, the other – Governors- continues to plunge us deeper into this “civilization” characterized by madness/insanity.
Can we now, as Foucault’s findings in “Madness and Civilization: A history of insanity in the Age of Reason”, return these mad governors to the asylum- our Yaba Left?
Good evening. Not from the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine.