According to Mohammed who is a strong critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the government should have ‘quietly’ approached the Federal High Court, Abuja which granted Nnamdi Kanu bail to revoke it.
In his words:
“Kanu was sent to jail through a court order. And if the government feels it wants him back in custody for violating certain conditions, they can go back and tell the same court.
“What we have now shows that the executive is not in order. What the government has done is a routine thing that does not require noise making.”
Kanu, who is facing trial at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has since flouted his bail conditions thus making the Nigerian government seek the revocation of his bail by the court.
Meanwhile, Junaid Mohammed has also faulted the Federal Government’s claim that it has commenced the process of restructuring Nigeria the way it deems fit.
BuzzNigeria recalls that during a Channels Television live interview on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had explained how the current administration understands the national clamour for restructuring. In his words:
“For the Federal Government, restructuring means devolution of power. Restructuring means for the Federal Government, a system whereby government’s policies and programmes can reach everybody at the grassroots.
“For us, restructuring means the ability that will allow you to deliver and in our own way, we have started.
“The Acting President (then) issued an order to the Police that they should start implementing community policing; that is one aspect of restructuring that we believe will deliver better criminal justice.
“As a government, we look at our Constitution as it is today and we follow strictly what the Constitution says, and in applying the constitution, we look at practical ways of reaching out to people.
“The Constitution is the grundnorm today; that is the basis of our being together and you cannot today as a government do anything that is contrary to that Constitution because that is the supreme law of the country.
“So, even when you talk about restructuring, you may need to amend certain provisions of the constitution, and we all know how cumbersome it is to do that. But we are not averse to genuine grievances, we are ready to look at them, but what the government cannot do is to react to the cacophony of voices.”
But in response to the Minister’s explanations, Junaid Mohammed said Lai Mohammed is being economical with the truth. Hear him:
“First, I am not one of those agitating for restructuring because I don’t believe in it. I believe that those doing so, do not have the interest of the country at heart.
“From both sides of the argument for restructuring, we have seen that there is a shortage of details. None of the sides understand what restructuring means to them.
“We have an Executive that is at war with the National Assembly, and that has not made them work together since the President was elected. It is this kind of situation that makes people like my friend, Lai Mohammed, to be telling us lies. Lai Mohammed who is a lawyer is being economical with the truth.
“The system of government we practice is such that you can’t do things by fiat, they have to pass through the constitutional processes. With the situation on the ground, let us please, pipe low on agitations so that people like Lai will not be feeding us with lies.
“Those agitating for restructuring lost out in the past, at the Confab and other fora. If that is the case, why shutting down the government to satisfy the interest of those who have selfish political agenda? It is not good.”