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Reactions Trail Buhari’s Remark On Rule Of Law

The remark credited to President Muhammadu Buhari on rule of law has continued to draw reactions from Nigerians.

The president had during his meeting with the members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said that “Rule of Law must be subjected to the nation’s security and national interest.”

Reacting to the statement, the Chairman, Senate Committee of Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide said that the “rule of law is sacrosanct.”

Senator Matthew, who also represents Edo South senatorial district, maintained that laws are made to be obeyed.

According to him, “Processes and procedures, as far as legal system is concerned, must be obeyed because they were within the confines of the rule of laws that are already made.”

He further stated that judgement must be strictly adherent to the rule of law, noting that any country or system that believes in orderliness must follow the laid down procedures of the law of land.

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Similarly, the senator representing Abia South in the red chamber, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has also opposed to Buhari’s remark.

Senator Abaribe said that “rule of law is the grundnorm of any democratic society.”

He advised that it should not be overlooked, noting that “elevating any other thing above it means moving away from democracy to autocracy.”

Meanwhile the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has threatened to drag the president to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the said comment.

The Punch reports that the party, through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said that Buhari has been violating the rule of law and abuse of human right since his inception as the president.

The party wondered why the president would rather want to override the constitution of the land because of “national interest”, which it says the rule of law also protect.

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