The Oasis Reporters
March 5, 2019
The call on Atiku not to go to court is an unpretentious blackmail. That Atiku should not file litigation in the interest of peace is too cheap. Do litigations really disrupt peace?
Will Atiku collect money from these detractors to pay his team of lawyers? Why are they so much bothered?
Interestingly, former vice president Atiku Abubakar has never for once made any inflammatory remark since he entered the presidential race in 2018. In campaign he held his head high in sober commitment to peaceful elections. He never boasted he was going to win. He only asked Nigerians to vote for him.
In defeat Abubakar comes off as an example of a mature reaction to unhappy outcomes. In all his speeches he has stressed nothing but two points: that the Feb. 23 presidential election was a breach of democracy and that he would approach the court to seek redress. His party, the PDP says they have videos and proofs to show to the court how the election was marred by malpractices. Do we really mean that videos and proofs that show wrongdoings in an election will upturn the peace of the nation, stop the government from running and the country from making progress?
It seems more appropriate to think that establishing the law is the first and highest progress any nation can make. A litigation is an attempt by someone to test his claim on the principles of law in order to dispense justice. If Atiku has a point, let the law try it. But for a nation to govern itself by some moral suasions contrary to law, suasions that can never be a general standard measure simply because it is a thing those who push it today will never accept, it is a very weak pillar in the superstructure of a state.
In ordinary terms, to tell a candidate not to go to court when he claims to have abundance of claims is to tell him to abandon those claims, to simply accept the result because some people want him to. That is, we try to validate a probably awry process by simply looking the other way and moving on.
Is that democracy?
Is that civilization?
For how long can a nation decide to look away and move on when it should look in and tackle what it should tackle?
And one would have thought that Atiku has nothing to prove in court until these pressures to drop the idea of litigation started flurrying in. Why should anyone be worried by the litigation if Atiku has nothing to prove?