BREAKING: President Buhari Lacks The Power To Restrict Movements In Lagos, Ogun, Abuja – Human Rights Lawyer Boldly Declares

A Human Rights Lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the power to restrict movements without recourse to the National Assembly.

Adegboruwa noted this in a statement, while reacting to the President’s restriction of movements in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as Abuja.

Buhari had in his broadcast on Sunday, restricted movements in the above places, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said: “The President has no powers to restrict the movement of persons, without recourse to the National Assembly. The President has not invoked his powers under the Constitution, to declare any state of emergency, which must be approved by 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 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.”

Adegboruwa, who stated that he supports measures put in place to curb the virus, said that the law must be respected, regardless.

He, therefore, called on the President to do the right thing.

The SAN, also called on Buhari to put measures in place to assuage the financial consequences of the restrictions.

The Lawyer added: “I support every measure taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic, but such must be in accordance with the law. If we allow this to stay, then tomorrow the President may just impose a total restriction on all States of the Federation, for whatever reason.

“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.”

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