The Muslims Rights Concern, MURIC, has described the call made by elder statesman, Robert Clarke, for President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over power to the Military as outright balderdash.
Recall that the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, had advised Mr Buhari to delegate his executive powers to the Chief of Defense Staff who would thereafter declare a state of emergency in the 36 states of the federation to bring a halt to insecurity.
The Director of MURIC, Ishaq Akintola, in a statement issued on Thursday, described the suggestion as disappointing.
“We are grossly disappointed that a learned fellow of timber, caliber and caterpillar, a SAN, would offer such an outrageous suggestion.
“It may have been 22 years away since 1999 when the military ceded power to civilians, but we have not forgotten the woes visited on this country by the military.
“The travails of Nigeria today can be traced to military misadventure in politics.
“They militarized our youth, introduced totalitarian dictatorship, legalised extrajudicial killing, and institutionalised the dehumanisation and humiliation of Nigerians.
“The criminal neglect of the education sector began under the military while massive corruption and waste were its major signposts.
“The annulment of the June 12, 1993 election by the military was the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
“Nigerians can never forgive the military for the killing of the winner of that monumental election, Chief M. K. O. Abiola in military detention and the brutal assassination of his wife, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola.
“This aspect of Nigerian history portrays the military as an institution that has no respect for civility, probity and accountability.”
The director urged the Nigerian Army to disregard the remarks made by Mr Clarke, adding that military involvement in politics is toxic.
“Chief Clarke should bury the thought. Neither should the Nigerian Army swallow the bait because no decent Nigerian will buy military rule for 10 kobo.
“Although the army has rebuffed Chief Clarke, we wish to reiterate the fact that military involvement in politics is out of fashion, toxic and anachronistic.
“Nigerians will rather be free men in their graves than live like puppets and slaves. We say ‘No’ to another banana republic.
“It may not be perfect yet, but Chief Clarke should respect Nigeria’s democracy.”