A lecturer with the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, has described the banishment of the deposed Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido-Sanusi II, as unconstitutional, illegal and violation of his fundamental human rights.
Akanbi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said this in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Illorin.
The legal luminary, who described the banishment of the deposed monarch from Kano to Awe in Nasarawa State as a colonial practice, added that it was also an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
“The banishment was a colonial rule which the military regimes imbibed after independence. Every Nigerian, regardless of status is free to live in any part of the country.
“So, the decision of the Kano State Government to banish the deposed emir is an infringement on his rights,” the don said.
He, however, explained that government should allow the deposed Emir sign an undertaking to ensure that his presence in Kano state would not constitute security threat.
Akanbi advised Nigerian leaders to always abide by rules guiding constitutional democracy to have good governance worthy of emulation.
Recall that Sanusi II was deposed by the Kano state government on Tuesday and immediately appointed Aminu Ado Bayero as his successor.
The deposed Emir, who was former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, was dethroned by the state government because of alleged insurbodination.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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