Femi Falana, a Human Rights Lawyer, on Thursday in Lagos during the public lecture marking the 30th anniversary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of disobeying court orders.
Falana said that he was planning to write to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to demand answers on why Buhari disobeys court orders.
He further noted that Buhari even as a military head of state in the 1980’s never disobeyed court orders.
“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 who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said.
Falana who is the chairman of CDHR Board of Trustees, 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, that we must celebrate today.”
Meanwhile, Prof. Akin Oyeboye, a Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, who delivered a lecture titled ‘Chronicling the struggle, identifying the way forward’, criticized the 1999 Constitution which according to him lacked legitimacy.
The professor noted that the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime did not call for the input of the Nigerian citizens when creating the 1999 Constitution.
“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,” he said.
Prof. Julius Honvhere of the Ford Foundation was the keynote speaker at the event.