Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has described the call made by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Robert Clarke for President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over Nigerian government to the military as outright balderdash.
Recall that Clarke had recently suggested that Buhari should delegate his executive powers to the Chief of Defence Staff who should thereafter declare a state of emergency in all the 36 states of the federation.
Clarke said that a temporary military rule would bring the state of insecurity to a halt and balance the economy.
However, the Defence Headquarters had discarded the call for military takeover and pledged to remain loyal to a constitutional authority and remain apolitical.
MURIC in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday, signed by its director, Professor Ishaq, said Chief Clarke should perish such thought
According to MURIC, Nigerians will rather be free men in their graves than live like puppets and slaves, calling on the people to reject such suggestions vehemently.
“Chief Robert Clarke’s recent suggestion is, to say the least, nauseating, preposterous and egregious. It is outright balderdash,” MURIC’s statement said.
“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.
“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.
“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,” the group said.