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Friday 15 April 2016


In portraying African Hitler President Buhari as the modern day dictator, lets consider these terms in a well thought-out manner?
A 'dictator' is a totalitarian or tyrannical leader of a country, nation or government, who exercises absolute rule or power over his subjects. While  'dictatorship' is a form of authoritarian or tyrannical government in some nations, just as monarchy or representative democracy is the form of government in others. Dictators are seen by non-dictators as dangerous and cruel because of the awful way they tend to treat their citizens.

Nevertheless, you won't find a dictator who labels himself as such, instead, they have ordinary titles such as President, Emperor, Great leader and similar monikers. That is because 'dictator' is a pejorative term assigned to certain rulers by other nations, particularly the developed nations of the West - that is, countries with thriving economies - such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and many others.
To be considered a dictator means that a country is known to be run by one person without any checks and balances on his execution of activities and power.
Dictators make unilateral decisions that affect their countries without having to consult any other branch of government.


That is because other branches of government is being controlled by the dictator in power. Human nature being what it is, dictators do not rise to power for the good of their nations(though they usually claim otherwise). They seize power to benefit themselves, their families and their close political allies.
Dictators usually come to power through some kind of violent struggle, rather than the peaceful passage of power through democracy. In modern times, it is not unusual to hear news, or stories about dictators being elected by their citizens, when in fact the elections were manipulated through intimidation of voters to ensure the dictator's victory.

Interestingly, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari have characterised himself with all these behaviours and attributes of a dictator.
As a dictator, the former Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler was one of the most powerful and infamous dictator of 20th century. After the World war 1, he rose to power in the national socialist. Immediately he took over the German government, he established a concentration camp just for inter jews and other groups, which he saw as treat to his supreme rule. This resulted in the killing of more than 6 million people in the holocaust.
Similarly, Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari have committed various war crimes against humanity by the use of force to assume office.

Since 2011, Buhari had brought about, the killing of many citizens because of his political ambition and quest to grab presidential power at the previous failed attempts. Now coming to power, if the President flouts court orders with impunity, judicial independence will be fatally compromised and Nigeria’s nascent/embryonic democracy is in serious jeopardy.
Of more importance and concern is the blackmail, intimidation and subtle harassment of lawyers and judges by the Buhari-led administration in an attempt to have an innocent man convicted at all costs.

The President has left nobody in doubt that Nnamdi Kanu through his kangaroo courts, cannot get a fair hearing. While we must all stand against corruption it must be pursued in its entirety within the dictates of the law. I therefore, call on the international community to support the deployment of
independent human rights observers to monitor Nnamdi Kanu's court trial before the dictator in power completely ridicules and murder the justice system as he has shown in the past.

Written By Jephta Onyedikachi.
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue U.
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers.

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