Wednesday, 12 October 2011

News Release: Siege On Newspaper Premises Return To Crudity

Hafiz Ringim: Nigeria' Police Chief
The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) received with shock, sadness, disbelief and anger this evening, the reported unconstitutional, crude and irresponsible siege by security agents on The Nation Newspapers’ premises and the arrest of some its staff.
Since the advent of this democratic train, the Nigerian state have become the theatre of the absurd and our intelligence have been daily assaulted by the irresponsible and unresponsive ruling political class who have treated us to all sorts of obscenities. Our ruling elites have learnt nothing about the ethos of good governance in this modern age but are rather behaving like the appendages of our military “mis-rulers” of the past.
President Jonathan must be told the home truth that since the advent of his administration; it has been tales of economic, social and political pain for the Nigerian people. His unfocussed and unserious government have  not been alive to its responsibility in terms of governance despite the goodwill it enjoyed at inauguration but which has been frittered away by obscene conducts and comments. 
Not even during the military misrule did we witness this culture of unconstitutionality and impunity that the Nigerian state has become under the Jonathan Presidency. The Nigerian state today lies comatose with the absolute collapse of the state as epitomized in failures in all facets of  life. Therefore, one wonders why our President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces who with all the Powers at his disposal ran tails between his legs from the threat of Boko Haram and MEND to celebrate unprecedented, the Country’s independence in his bedroom in Aso Rock as if it was his personal birthday rather than in the public square can be bold enough to embark on this show of shame.
We are also not surprised that our security agencies that are daily being mowed down by the contradictions of the Nigerian state can continue to be so irresponsible as to allow themselves to be used once again against the people and the constitution as usual by the powers that be. We admonish them to take a cue from their counterparts in other reasonable parts of the world who have always sided with the people and the constitution.
We are hereby calling on the government of President Jonathan to immediately call its goons to order by ordering their withdrawal from the premises of the law abiding News media and the immediate release without payment of  the arrested journalists.
We are demanding a public apology to the management and staff of The Nation Newspapers in particular and to the Nigerian people in general as well as the dismissal from service of the officers and men involved in this show of shame.
Comrade Nelson Ekujumi,
Executive Chairman.