The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district on the platform of the APC, Dino Melaye on Wednesday decried some appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that such appointments shows he runs a government controlled by criminals.
Speaking at the 2017 Nigeria Democracy Day Lecture organized by the Save Democracy Group Africa, SDG-Africa, in Abuja, he pointed out that Buhari’s lopsided appointments was responsible for some of the ills recorded in the first two years of the Buhari administration.
Melaye said: “Democracy is defined as a government of the people, by the people and for the people but what we had in the time of Jonathan was greedocracy, which is the government of the greedy, by the greedy and for the greedy. Today, we have criminocracy-a government of the criminals, by the criminals and for the criminals.
“Wrong appointment led to the emergence of the former (suspended) Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF who became a grasscutter. When you appoint a man who has no experience in civil administration as SGF, he is bound to misbehave.”
The senator argued that considering the structure of the country, those calling for the restructuring of the Nigerian state are right, unless everybody is treated as equal.
He said: “We must discuss and agree to be Nigerians. We have not discussed and we have not agreed. Generators should only be used at emergency centres like hospitals and mortuaries so that when there is no light in Karmo (a suburb of Abuja), there will be no light also at the villa”.
Suggesting ways of ensuring good democracy in Nigeria, Melaye stressed that the National Assembly should be allowed the liberty to carry on with its statutory duty without hindrance from the executive arm of government.
“There is no where an auditor and the man who runs an organization are friends. There’s something wrong when the two are seen taking tea together,” he said.
He also canvassed the removal of immunity clause from the country’s constitution, even as he enjoined government to take care of hunger and unemployment to put a stop to agitation for the break-up of Nigeria by some marginalized ethnic nationalities.
Also speaking at the event, the guest lecturer and former Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Nuhu Yaqub, stated that it is unfortunate that though close to two decades after the military relinquished power, democracy is yet to take root in the country.
He averred that “there’s no democracy in Nigeria but civil rule. The political parties are mere electoral machines, existing for the sole purpose of conducting elections”.
On the way forward, Yaqub advocated a return to regional system of government, saying it remains the way out of the economic downturn confronting most states in the country.