Human rights lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has called on the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to boycott the courts if the federal government fails to honour the latest court order granting former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) bail.
Ajulo in a statement in Abuja yesterday said the continued flouting of court orders by the federal government in respect of bails for Dasuki was a danger to democracy and the rule of law.
“The federal government should not be allowed to decide which orders it will obey because by so doing, it dangers the authority of the judiciary as an arm of government and offers little hope to citizens that their fundamental human rights can be guaranteed,” Ajulo said.
According to him, despite assurances by President Muhammadu Buhari not to encroach on the functions of the other two arms of government in his inaugural address on May 29, 2015, the president has not kept faith with the promise as his administration has continued to decide which court orders it should obey or not.
“Three years down the line, this solemn vow seems to have been kept in the breach as the Presidency is intent on having its way on court rulings it feels are not according to its liking.
Adherence to court rulings and the rule of law in general is not about feelings rather courage and obedience to one of the fulcrums of democracy and the sanctity of the courts as a sanctuary to all citizens.
“It is in this regard that I hope the federal government will obey the latest court order by Hon. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on bail for former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
I must emphatically point out that the failure of the federal government to allow Col. Dasuki enjoy bail which has been granted to him severally (six now in total) is a danger to our nascent democracy and those of us who are ministers in the temple of justice ought to cry out before we are buried in the sands of impunity.
Take note that if Dasuki who is part of the few power elite could be treated with such impunity, then there is no such guarantee that other Nigerians/clients who are granted reprieve by the courts to the dissatisfaction of the government will be allowed their liberty as granted by the courts.”
“Therefore, if the federal government fails to honour the bail order by Justice Ojukwu within Seven (7) Days of fulfillment of the bail condition as stipulated by the court, I appeal to the Nigeria Bar Association to boycott the courts and urge the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to resign his position,” he said.
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