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Oladimeji Ramon

The African Bar Association has decried how ethnicity and religious sentiments are being used to prevent Nigerian leaders from being held accountable for their alleged misdeeds.

In a chat with journalists in Lagos on Wednesday, AFBA President, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo, said his trip around the continent showed that Nigeria was lagging behind in many respects and bad leadership, aided by bad followership, was mainly to blame.

Uwaifo said AFBA was worried about how violence and tension had become common features during elections in many African countries.

Back in Nigeria, he warned the government against gagging the media, stressing that “reducing the media is reducing the society.”

This was as the AFBA President warned the media against aiding dictatorship on the African continent.

Decrying how ethnicity and religious sentiments were being elevated to hinder accountability, Uwaifo observed that unlike elsewhere on the African continent, past Nigerian leaders had become untouchables no matter their wrongdoings in office.

The AFBA President said, “We are just here in Nigeria suffering because we have bad leadership; but not only bad leadership, we also have bad followership. And ethnicity and religion are the reasons we cannot hold our leaders accountable for their misdeeds.

“If someone is arrested, Nigerians will begin to bring in ethnic and religious sentiments but the man is a thief. This is a clog in our justice system; it is part of the reasons you cannot hold (former) President (Goodluck) Jonathan to account if he did anything wrong.

“You can see, they are investigating and holding people around them but they won’t hold them (past Presidents); but $500,000 led a former Zambian President to jail. Just $500,000, that was what Frederick Chiluba was jailed for. He came out; he never recovered; he died. In South Africa, former President Jacob Zuma is facing trial. This is what we should be promoting here. This is what our media should be promoting.”

Uwaifo urged the regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to shun selectivity in its anti-graft war, as he called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission not to sweep under the carpet the corruption allegations against the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.

He said, “Let the EFCC start the probe of Oshiomhole, then we will know that the government is very serious about the war against corruption. There is a petition against the chairman of the ruling party but as effective as Ibrahim Magu is, he is quiet.”

On electoral violence on the continent, Uwaifo described Nigeria as a bad example to other African countries.

He said AFBA was working on a blueprint to strengthen the judiciary by ensuring that judges’ appointment was based on merit.

 

He urged the Nigerian government to domesticate the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, saying the continent had a lot to gain from the agreement.

Uwaifo said, “The African Bar is a member of the African Union, where we represent the legal profession in the African Union Trade in Services Council. The African Bar is fully in support of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement; we believe that great wealth will be unlocked when African countries trade among themselves. I will urge Nigeria to domesticate the treaty and implement it. We must support it.”

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