* Accuses Buhari govt of dictatorship
* Commends Ajie for resignation petition
The coalition of Human Rights Groups and Civil Society Organisations has called on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and other concerned bodies to boycott court proceedings as a form of protest of ‘flagrant disobedience’ of court orders and rulings by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
According to the group, the statements by Buhari during the maiden Presidential media chat, which seems to support the continued disregard to court orders is a violation of the 1999 constitution and a threat to the nation’s democracy.
They commended the NBA for condemning the actions of the Presidency and relevant prosecuting agencies with regard to the rule of law and court rulings, and as wells that of the human rights and constitutional lwayer, Ms Carol Ajie, who launched an online petition at change.org, asking the President to respect the rule of law or resign.
Not satisfied, the group has called on NBA further checkmate what it describes as acts of dictatorship by the current administration through boycott of court proceedings.
They urged “Nigerians should also not lose sleep or express surprises over recent or ongoing public antics and pro-dictatorial comments of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the likes of Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) and Senator Ali Ndume, Senate Majority Leader; rather all Nigerians particularly the NBA and other democratic forces should concern themselves sleeplessly with how to rise up endlessly against the resurrected dictatorship and its destructive forces”.
Part of the statement read: “It is also extremely important to note that the engine house of the national interest is executive obedience to court orders and protection and preservation of the citizens’ constitutional liberties. Justification of executive disobedience to court orders as a protection of national interest is abominable and impeachable. It is also a deliberate ploy to bend the law and impeach the 1999 Constitution. Disobedience to court decisions is one of the dimensions of corruption and a gross abuse of office; contrary to Section 15 (5) of the 1999 Constitution.