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Rule of law vs National security: Buhari’s argument, an assault on human rights – HURIWA

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Godsgift Onyedinefu


The human right writers association of Nigeria HURIWA has strongly rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent argument on National security above rule of law, describing it as a bogus concept that will override respect for human rights and adherence to the rule of law.

National Coordinator, HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko while addressing Newsmen in Abuja stressed that the Law must remain supreme noting that rule of law is the basis of national security.

He warned that subjecting rule of law to national security will only give rise to corruption as it will give room to diverse interpretations and eventually anarchy.

He said “We want to completely disagree with Mr. President on his recent assault on human rights, he has no basics to say that when it comes to national security, human rights come second, that is a big fallacy, we cannot have national security without the law, the law comes first.

“The law us the one that gives birth to all of us, if there is no rule of law in this country, then there is no country, there is anarchy. You cannot tell me that the rule of law should be secondary to national security. National security must be anchored in the rule of law.

“The reason why HURIWA is making a statement on this is because you cannot take away respect for the rule of law with the fight against corruption, because, how do you fight corruption if the legal framework ought to be used to fight corruption are not being respected.

“If the law becomes secondary to what is called national security, which is bogus, if you say the law is secondary, what you are saying is that you can’t interpret what national security means to you and you pick and choose which of those suspects to be dealt with decisively in the area of corruption. You can choose which verdict of the court should be respected or not.

“That is the reason why we are saying the law must be allowed to take its full course”.

He however expressed utter disappointment at lawyers at the NBA who instead of rejecting the president’s staatemnet cheered it.

“It’s quite unfortunate that we have a bar of leadership of the NBA, Why would lawyers be there sitting down not saying anything and the president is telling them that national security is. first? And the law second, that is not very encouraging” he said.

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