Buhari lacks power to restrict movement in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun – SAN
Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), a human rights lawyer, has said that the President doesn’t have the power to restrict movement without telling the National Assembly.
Mr. Adegboruwa released a statement saying the restrictions made by the president is illegal and it doesn’t have the approval of the lawmakers.
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Furthermore, he said the Constitution of the country requires that the President should declare state of emergency first.
In his words:
“We are running a constitutional democracy and it is illegal for the President to take over the affairs of any
State of the Federation without the express consent of the people of that
State through their elected representatives.
It is only the Governor of the State through the House of Assembly of the State that can make any declaration
concerning the people of that State. Little wonder that the President could
not cite any law that he relied upon for his declaration.
I support every measure taken to contain the Coronavirus pandemic but such must be in accordance with law. If
we allow this to stay, then tomorrow the President may just impose total
restriction on all States of the Federation for whatever reason” Adegboruwa said
”I humbly urge the President to reverse the restrictions and work with the States
concerned in accordance with the laws of our land.
Also, there must be measures put in place to address the financial consequences of the proposed
shutdown, especially for small scale businesses, those who depend on daily
earnings and the needy and vulnerable members of the societies to be affected.”