Nigeria’s attorney-general and justice minister Abubakar Malami on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to lockdown Lagos, Ogun State and Abuja was not in breach of the country’s constitution.
Malami in response to a human rights lawyer Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, SAN, said his criticism that Buhari lacked the constitutional power to shut down the two states and the country’s capital city was ‘wrong and misconstrued.’
“Section 305(6)(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) permits a proclamation of a State of Emergency to run for a period of 10 days without the approval of the National Assembly when the parliament is not in session as in the present situation wherein the National Assembly has shut down,” Malami said.
Remember on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari in his address speech to the Nigeria populace declared a State of Emergency in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja leading to a total shutdown of activities and movement as these three states in Nigeria have the highest records of Coronavirus cases, with Lagos having 68 cases, Abuja 20 cases and Ogun state with 20 cases.
Malami was responding Nigerians criticising the president’s order. Soyinka and Adegboruwa the main antagonists.
Adegboruwa on his part, believes that Buhari has no powers to restrict the movement of persons without recourse to the National Assembly.
“We are running a constitutional democracy and it is illegal for the President to take over the affairs of any State of the country,” Adegboruwa said.
Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also faulted the President’s directive.