, 6 tweets, 4 min read Read on Twitter
It never easy to estimate the depth or extent of damage done by military rule. It's corrosions never go away. It's like we're in a civic #StockholmSyndrome - folks who get trampled by military abuses & misadventure often have an infinitely elastic capacity to ask for more abuse
It's terribly unfortunate that ppl who claim to be "constitutional" lawyers will justify soldiers ransacking a newspaper house, abducting journalists & confiscating computers, none of that procured with a court order or search warrant - basic niceties of rule-constrained process
The constitutional guarantee of free speech allows for limitation but that can only be done "by law reasonably justifiable in a democracy". Soldiers are not law unto themselves & it's not reasonably justifiable in a democracy for soldiers to go abducting ppl or ransacking media
Ppl are looking for all manner of ways to justify what @HQNigerianArmy is doing to @daily_trust. That's unjustifiable. If @daily_trust broke any law, there's @PoliceNG. If they allegedly ran afoul of internal security, there's SSS under the National Security Agencies Act
This isn't the 1st time @HQNigerianArmy is resorting to self-help & military vigilantism. Indeed, it's become a habit. From the #ZariaMassacre in Dec 2015 to the Abuja #ArbaeenMassacre last year, it seems they now consider themselves outlaws. Yet they want to assert law?!
@HQNigerianArmy By the way, many ppl who are incapable of exercising the basic intellectual obligation of reading the @daily_trust on Sunday story, are accusing it of "irresponsible journalism". Yet, when u read it, the only thing u can do is commend the newspaper for outstanding journalism
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Chidi Odinkalu
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!