Lagos – A prominent human rights expert has
condemned the alleged meddling by President Muhammadu Buhari in judiciary
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
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.
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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
“It is absolutely unconstitutional and reprehensible and
therefore must be discontinued to save Nigeria’s democracy from collapsing,”
“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