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Expert laments government violation of rule of law

05 January 2016, 10:37Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – A prominent human rights expert has condemned the alleged meddling by President Muhammadu Buhari in judiciary affairs.

Emmanuel Onwubiko, the activist, pointed out Buhari’s recent comments regarding the trial of former National Security Advisor, Sambo Dasuki, and pro-Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu.

They are accused of corruption and terrorism respectively.

While they have secured bail, the Department of State Security have violated such orders and failed to release the duo.

“Mr President (Buhari) betrayed lovers of constitutional democracy when he emphatically said his government would not release the duo because of what he termed the severity of their alleged offences,” Onwubiko, the head of Human Rights Writers of Nigeria, said.

He said the position of the resident on the above was unconstitutional because of the unambiguous provisions of the constitution on separation of powers between the three main arms of government, namely the executive, judiciary and legislature.

Also read: Buhari condoles with people of Kogi on death of Dr Atta

He said the decision of the current government to detain Dasuki and Kanu even against the orders of competent courts amounted to the President adopting anarchy and lawlessness as his methodology of running Nigeria.

“It is absolutely unconstitutional and reprehensible and therefore must be discontinued to save Nigeria’s democracy from collapsing,” Onwubio said.

“Any democratically elected administration that disrespect the constitution is committing high treason and if a government loses legitimacy it is nothing but a gang of opportunists tickets anarchists.”

Onwubiko thus called on civil society and members of the legal profession to voice their concern.

“Politics is too serious to be left to the politicians so it behoves on the Nigerian Bar Association and organised civil society and the hierarchy of the nation’s court system to protest the current rape of constitutionalism by the Muhammadu Buhari's Government.” 

- CAJ News


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