Former President Barrack Obama and his party_ the Democrats alleged that Russia’s interference in the American General Election of 2016 has significant influence and skewed its outcome in favour of the Republican’s (GOP) Donald Trump. As I write this piece , Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser and Stephen Kelvin “Steve” Bannon, White House Strategist who are linked to the issue have resigned and demoted in Trump’s Government respectively. Steve Bannon was hitherto a member of the Security Council. He has since been stripped of that privilege. The Congress is currently investigating the allegations . President Trump’s rating has dropped significantly.
In Nigerian parlance
” heads are already rolling ”
even when investigation has not been concluded.
All Americans are all united irrespective of party leaning against Russian involvement in their election. They condemned it in its entirety . The American public sees election as their domestic affairs and should be handled domedtically. And Nigerians _ home and abroad are hailing the American spirit _ describing it as nationalism and patriotism _ true democratic ethos in action .
But in Nigeria ,
Former President Good Luck Ebele Jonathan and his Peoples Democratic Party made the same kind of allegation against some foreign countries _ Nigerians and the ruling party are asking for their heads. We are all hailing the US, Britain, Italy and France for interfereing and influencing the outcome of the 2015 general election instead of outright condemnation and the Nigerian Parliament like the American Congress direct the allegations to the relevant Committee of the Senate or the House to begin the probe but we are playing politics with the independence and non_aligned integrity and posture of Nigeria in international politics.
I challenge Sen.Shehu Sani, Sen.Dino Melaye, Sen . Prof. Adeyeye, Sen Boroface in the Senate and Hon Leo Ogor, Hon Doguwa, Hon Nnena Ukeje in the House to see the allegations of foreign interference in our general election as a direct affront on the independence and sovereignty of Nigeria and Africa.
We urge the Nigerian civil society to see the Jonathan/PDP allegation from a non partisan binoculars and do the needful. The CSO must insist that a probe be initiated . Jonathan and everybody who alleged must be invited to appear before the Committee to substantiate and prove their allegations. He who alleges must prove beyond reasonable doubts.
Hon Abike Dabiri , former Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora and Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari on Diaspora and Foreign Relations should also initiate some form of investigation. This probe has nothing to do with Buhari as an individual. This probe will test the strength of our institutional capacity in technical matters of this nature.
Literary giant Prof Whole Soyinka, Femi Falana, NBA, NLC, TUC, Prof Itself Sagay , Chairman on Anti_Corruption, Col Dangiwa Umar, Joe Odumakin should all show more than a passing interest on this issue.
The sleeping giant in us must wake up today.
Comrade Victor Arogunyo
Organizing for Action .