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Rights body demands compliance with Constitution

01 January 2016, 16:42

Lagos - President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged complicity in the disregard of the rule of law during trials of prominent political leaders is treasonous and must be resisted, a human rights body said.

“We are deeply troubled by the caustic and vicious tones of President Muhammadu Buhari in his just ended maiden media chat and especially his predisposition to disrespect court orders that do not comply to his dictates and whims. His reason for his serial non- compliance to subsisting and binding orders of competent Courts of law is itself high treason,” said Emmanuel Onwubiko, head of Human Rights Writers of Nigeria.

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He said President Buhari must be called to order and the National Assembly and the Judiciary must stand up to defend the country’s hard fought democracy and stop the current President from endangering the supremacy of the Constitution.

Buhari, Onwubio said had taken an oath of office administered by the head of the judicial arm of government to comply with the rule of law.

“Under constitutional democracy the respect for the constitutional principle of rule of law is sacrosanct and non-negotiable,” he said.

The rights body’s concern follows the Department of State Security’s disregard of court orders to release former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, among others.

He is facing trial for alleged theft and corruption.

- CAJ News


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