Leaders of thought and elder statesmen from four of the country's six geopolitical zones have warned that President Muhammadu Buhari's silence in the face of allegations of fraud and compromise against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is dangerous.
They made this claim on the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) platform.
The leaders of the Middle- Belt, Ohanaeze, Pan Niger Delta Forum, South-South, and Afenifere claimed in a statement that the concerns only got worse when President Buhari had to go for an international trip immediately after the elections when they were complaints to attend to.
PANDEF leader Chief Edwin Clark, Afenifere Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Middle Belt Forum President Dr. Pogu Bitrus, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former governor of Anambra State, and Ambassador Okey Emuchay, Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide all made statements in which they criticized President Buhari for publicly announcing that he will inaugurate President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu, adding that the June 12, 1993 presidential election story won't happen again, claiming that Nigeria is a democracy and not a military junta.
In light of the fact that the matter is still pending in court and that the president has no known authority to choose who will prevail in the judiciary's case before her, the leaders claim that the president has no authority whatsoever to choose who would be sworn into office on May 29, 2023.
The leaders pleaded with the President to refrain from interfering with the judiciary's work so that Nigeria could be freed from any political unrest.
They said that his comments are unfair and disrespectful of a fair trial, as well as repugnant to the law of the land, an obstruction of justice, and an intimidation of the Lord Justices who will be hearing the case.
The leaders argued that the Presidency's words should be interpreted as a covert attempt to instruct the Court on how to proceed with the case.
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