Femi Falana, a Nigerian human rights lawyer has expressed regret in the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to obey court orders.
According to him, is painful think that Buhari who was a military leader complied with court orders but refused doing so today.
Falana while speaking in Lagos at a public lecture marking the 30th anniversary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) on Thursday, with theme “Chronicling the struggle, identifying the way forward” and was delivered by Akin Oyeboye, a Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence.
Speaking as the CDHR Board of Trustees chairman, Falana said, “Thirty years ago, it would have been impossible to assemble to discuss human rights in our country. Notwithstanding that we are currently having what you might call rickety democracy; there are gains, all the struggles of over 30 years, which we must celebrate today.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos based lawyer said that is dishearten that governments are disobeying court orders under the current dispensation.
“I just remember this morning trying to write a letter to the Attorney General of the Federation and I found, very painfully, that whereas the Buhari/Idiagbon regime complied with all court orders for the release of those who were held illegally under the state security detention of persons Decree No 2 of 1984, we cannot say the same today under a democratic government,” Falana said.
The 1999 Constitution was criticized on the other hand by Oyebode in his lecture, describing it as lacking legitimacy because the citizens were not allowed to make their contributions into the constitution by the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar regime.
He said, “The general contempt held by the dictators everywhere for the people informed the attitude of the junta towards the right of the Nigerian people to partake in the making of the most important law governing their lives.”
Oyebode said the way out of this dilemma, for Nigeria to enjoy a liberal democracy is for the people to ensure government is put on its toes. This he said, will bring about a speedy end to impunity in the country.
Malachy Ugwummadu, the CDHR national president said the progress of the organisation in the last 30 years has been “eventful; a mix bag but clearly with huge prospects and possibilities of fulfillment.”