21st June, 2010
As the 2011 elections approach, Nigerians have been tasked to insist on free and fair elections and guard their votes jealously.
Giving this advice in Lagos while presenting two new motorcycles to P.M.NEWS, Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Gabriel Giwa-Amu, said it is time Nigerians stop complaining of bad leadership, stressing that they should get up and effect the desired changes in the polity.
â€œNigerian people have to get up and insist on free and fair elections. They should stop sitting and hoping that things will change. They should insist on the open ballot system and ensure that the recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Uwais report on electoral reforms are implemented. Option A4 is still the best, they should insist on that,â€ Chief Giwa-Amu stated.
The lawyer explained that he was giving the two motorcycles to P.M.NEWS because of its courage in fighting for the masses through its reportage.
He commended the evening newspaper for its objectivity in defending the cause of the oppressed and promised to defend its cause anytime he is requested.
He urged the newspaper to use the motorcycles to cover its activities as the elections approach.
The human rights activist also condemned the nationâ€™s judiciary for not being upright, saying: â€œit is the judiciary that has corrupted the police and political scene.
â€œA case that ought not take more than three months is stretched more than necessary. This ought not to be so if the judiciary had followed the law. In some instances, you find the magistrates conniving with the police to subvert the course of justice,â€ he revealed.