Lagos – A pro-democracy organisation has
lamented failure by the government to uphold the rule of law in recent times.
The concern by the Good Governance Advocates comes on the
back of government arms, particularly, the State Security Service defying court
orders to release suspects in high-profile cases.
“In a true democratic setting, adherence to the rule of law
and justice are keys to public trust and orderliness. But when these are vice
versa the nation will be in anarchy and chaos,” Ifedayo Obi, an executive with
the Good Governance Advocates.
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Obi said the current situation in the country’s judicial
system should not continue in 2016 as it portended more harm than good for
Nigeria’s nascent democracy.
“Even though our judicial system is not absolute, outright
abuse of court orders and differential templates that invaded election
tribunals should cease from our land,” said Obi.
He said if local legal luminaries as the Nigeria Bar
Association and National Judicial Council were comfortable with recent
developments, then law as a career in this dispensation might be a “Tom and
“Justice should not be dispensed on altar of politics and
ethnicity. As we celebrate 32nd year of firstst coming of our political lord
and saviour, President Buhari on December 31, let us do away with judicial
impunity and contempt.”
- CAJ News