- Orji Kalu has warned that disobeying court orders will jeopardise Nigeria's democracy
- The former governor of Abia state said if a court ordered Sambo Dasuki's release, the court must be obeyed
- Kanu said the various tiers of government, individuals and corporate entities have no respect for the decisions of the courts
Dr Orji Kalu, a former governor of Abia has stressed the need for respect for the rule of law in order for democracy to thrive in the country.
Kalu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that any pronouncement from a properly constituted court of justice must be obeyed and complied with.
Kalu spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
According to Kalu, because the various tiers of government, individuals and corporate entities have no respect for the decisions of the courts, “we are making many unlawful things possible.
“If a court issues an order that Sambo Dasuki be released, it should be obeyed.
“If we Nigerians genuinely want democracy to endure, we should learn how to respect the laws of the land.
“The law of the land is our constitution and any pronouncement made by the court based on the constitution should be obeyed,’’ Kalu said.
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The former governor also condemned vote-buying during elections, saying that it was capable of truncating the country’s democratic process.
According to him, people should stop taking N2,000 to vote.
“Vote-buying should be totally condemned by every Nigerian because democracy can only stand when the choice of the people prevailed and the choice of the people must prevail,’’ he added.
Kalu urged voters who were yet to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to do so before the deadline for the suspension of the exercise.
He said that the move would enable them choose their desired candidates during elections.
“I must ask Nigerians to go out now to register because that is their power.
“If you have your PVC you have power, but if you don’t have it you are powerless.
“The card enables you to put in place government you want for the next four years,’’ he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, said the federal government has cogent reasons not to grant bail to a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
Malami in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa, published on July 13, argued that Dasuki’s personal rights can be violated for the larger public good.
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