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Lawyers urged to protest Buhari's defiance of court orders

07 January 2016, 15:03

Abuja - A coalition of human rights organisations has appealed to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to lead demonstrations against President Muhamadu Buhari and his administration’s alleged dictatorship.

This follows the lengthy detention of prominent pro-Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu, despite court orders for his release.

The Southeast Based Coalition Of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) said it was about time the NBA shut and grounded court proceedings “by way of country-wide court boycotts” until Muhammadu Buhari obeyed all the subsisting court orders and signed an undertaking not to disobey decisions of the courts.

“That is to say that condemnation of the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari by NBA for flouting court decisions in Nigeria is not good enough,”
SBCHROs stated.

Also read: Forum questions Buhari's commitment to democracy

“More proactive steps such as country-wide court boycotts are urgently needed to put the dictatorial policies and conducts of his Presidency to adequate checks,” the organisation added.

SBCHRO said it was also about time the respected legal body disbarred and suspended indefinitely any lawyer, including any member that supports the alleged dictatorial policies and conducts of the Buhari administration.

“It is abominable for NBA to fold its hands and watch the sanctity and independence of the judiciary being presidentially soiled, tainted and undermined with some of its errant members playing a leading role.”

It added, “If decisions of courts are no longer subject to strict obedience and enforcement at all times in any part of Nigeria; then NBA and the judiciary as well as Nigeria’s constitutional democracy are irreparably doomed.”

Earlier this week, the NBA and some leading lawyers differed with the Presidential Committee on anti-corruption over Muhammadu Buhari’s assertion that Kanu and former National Security Adviser, Dasuki, who are facing separate criminal charges, would not be released from custody, despite valid court orders that granted them bail.

- CAJ News


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