Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has declared that it is illegal for President Muhammadu to shut down Lagos, Ogun and Abuja without the backing of the National Assembly.
Recall that Buhari has restricted movements in the three locations for 14 days, starting from Monday Night.
Adegboruwa argued that only the State governors are empowered by the law of the land to make such order. And it has to be with backing of the State House of 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.
“I support every measure taken to contain the Coronavirus pandemic but such must be in accordance with law. If we allow this to stay, then tomorrow the President may just impose total restriction on all States of the Federation for whatever reason”
He added: “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,” he said.