After overviewing the 16 years of civil rule in Nigeria, a human rights group the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) says we’re descending into anarchy.
The group has held a press conference in Lagos entitled ‘Before Hope is Lost’ and dedicated to the state of the nation.
“The hopes of Nigerians that a return to civil rule would bring a definite enthronement of the rule of law and full observance of human and other liberties have been routinely dashed,” the 7-page-long statement, presented at the conference, read.
“In addition to an atmosphere of impunity, events in the country since the return of our society to civil rule in May 1999 sadly indicate that Nigeria is gradually sliding towards anarchy.
“Except for the few state actors and their family members, relations, friends and contractors, life has been precarious and is nothing short of confronting danger and confusion.
“The situation has become so hopeless that our people, especially those of us who were in the trenches during those dark days of military authoritarianism, have began to question why we fought the military in the first instance.
“There are ominous signs which signal great danger for the 2015 general polls. One is the flawed process of the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards PVCs nationwide as we all have witnessed where many registered voters risk being disenfranchised from participating in the coming election by INEC’s refusal to issue them with their PVCs,” the group noted.
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