- Senior lawyers in Nigeria have commended the acting president Yemi Osinbajo for sacking the director general of the SSS
- The lawyers said the acting president had just renewed the hope of Nigeria's democracy
- According to the senior lawyers, the action by the acting president should be extended to all security and law enforcement agencies
Some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) have commended the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, for his action against the recent blockade of the National Assembly by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS).
The senior lawyers also saluted Osinbajo for terminating the appointment of the former director general of the SSS, Lawal Daura.
Speaking on the incident that occurred on Tuesday, August 8, when operatives of the SSS blocked the entrance of the National Assembly, a former deputy director of the Nigerian Law School, Ernest Ojukwu, said the Osinbajo has renewed the hope of the country's democracy.
Punch reports that Ojukwu, who is a Nigerian Bar Association’s presidential aspirant, said: “I am excited to be counted as a Nigerian, a lawyer and a law teacher by this example of leadership by our acting President."
“I urge all Nigerians, the Nigerian Bar Association inclusive, to play more proactive roles in protecting our democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
“We should not allow a few men and women to destroy our country by impunity," Ojukwu said.
Also speaking on the matter, another SAN, Tayo Oyetibo, in a statement said the acting President must be commended “for standing up for the supremacy of the rule of law at this difficult phase of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.”
Oyetibo said: “All lovers of democracy must support him in his decisive action on the unlawful takeover of the National Assembly.”
Also adding his voice to the alleged breach of Nigeria's democracy, senior lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa said the action by the acting president should be extended to all security and law enforcement agencies.
“I commend the action taken by the acting President, in due consultations with the President, I believe.
This should be extended to all other security and law enforcement agencies, to follow the law and observe the due process of law, in all their dealings. Let us never allow security operatives, to take our people for granted,” Adegboruwa said in a statement.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the acting president had on Tuesday, August 7, sacked the director general of the SSS, Lawal Daura.
A statement by Laolu Akande, a spokesperson to the acting president said: “The acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has directed the termination of the appointment of the director general, State Security Service, Lawal Musa Daura, with immediate effect.
Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice," the statement added.
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