Senator Ohuabunwa, Buhari Appointing Self As Minister Is A Triumph Of Moral Good Over Evil
Problems of a constitutional evil arose, as we have seen since 1999, especially since 2010, when a government in power made our Constitution a “walking dead” and made Nigerians groan because of the destructive form of governance.
Suddenly, the good Senator, Mao Ohuabunwa of Abia State, who has been in the National Assembly since 1999, is accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of usurping the power of the Constitution which has just begun to come to life since the end of May of this year.
We are currently witnessing a silent but a full-blown constitutional crisis post the Goodluck Jonathan/David Mark governmental reign and, as such, Buhari has no choice but to take us through a fundamental transformation.
There has been a war in our country over the last five years and it has not been a war with a foreign enemy. Instead, it has been a war on the people by a shady government and the war has unearthed itself in the form of a domestic crisis across all sectors of the society.
So when President Buhari announced in America far away from home that he would appoint himself as the Oil Minister, struggling Nigerians in particular, saw this personal charge of the country’s crucial oil as a positive move against monumental corruption and as a blessing.
Our good Senator should understand that in times of war, the history of the world has shown that the Constitution can be set aside; we are at war against endemic graft, crippled finances, and a squeezed form of governance.
Oil, as we know, accounts for almost 90 percent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange remunerations; but in the last five years almost all has been stolen; so the President, on an advisory basis given his oil leadership experience, will be our minister of petroleum resources, with a junior minister taking charge of day-to-day affairs in the ministry.
Mr. President is not afraid to go through vetting for this peoples’ sanctioned ministerial assignment as he is one of the few that can boldly tackle the rot in the oil sector and put the nation back on course.
Not long ago, American President Barack Obama reportedly informed the Congress on issues pertaining to money matters that, “I won’t violate the Constitution, unless you make me…”
President Buhari, who is also presiding over a presidential system of democracy, is all about working in the full interest of the people and, as such, he has the right to see the Nigerian Constitution, which is a charter of rights, more from the angle of positive rights compared to the negative liberties of the Constitution. So if he has to bypass it from time to time for the sake of a national crisis, let it be, but that is not his nature.
In other words, he can choose to go with the positive rights which require the government to act in certain ways to ensure that the people get all they deserve, unlike the negative rights which want the government to refrain from doing too much.
So, my good Senator, on this basis, Buhari, who is trying to turn Nigeria away from corruption, unrestricted as it has been since 1999, will not be usurping any sort of power in terms of his ministerial position and certainly he does not need your vetting, especially not when he is fighting an open war on corruption and exposing all the yesteryears’ abuses on our young Constitution.
From the point of legal psychology, the nation is feeling a form of domestic emergency over the misdeeds of the past government and they feel it on a daily basis, as these misdeeds robbed our Constitution with various colors of corruption and impunity.
So, our good Senator, we have suffered enough since 1999, and even if it is erroneous for the President to bypass the Senate to appoint himself as Minister of the peoples’ oil, God and the people are on his side, so good luck waiting for him to show up for screening in a Senate with odd beginnings and controversial leadership.
Dr. John Egbeazien Oshodi is a Florida based Forensic/Clinical Psychologist, a specialist in Police/Prison/National security matters and a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological Association. [email protected] , drjohneoshodi.com