NBA insists supremacy of rule of law is non-negotiable

Peter Bahago, Abuja


The Nigerian Bar Association has insisted that the Rule of Law is central to Nigeria’s democracy and any National Security concerns by the government must be managed within the Rule of Law.

The NBA disagreed with a statement made by Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari  at its 58th Anuual General Conference in Abuja, that the Rule of Law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest.

The NBA made its position known in a Communique read by its National President, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud at the end of the Conference frowning at the growing trend whereby government decides on which court orders to obey.

He said the court has the sole prerogative  under a democratic dispensation to interpret the Constitution and other laws, while the government and the citizenry are expected to comply at all times.

“The Conference emphatically Objects to the issuance of Executive Orders in respect to matters already in court and observes that any such order is a breach of the principle of separation of powers; and Counsels that Executive Orders be issued for good governance and to manage operations of government, and not to encroach or usurp upon the constitutional powers of other arms of government” 

War against corruption
The Conference reiterates its support for the war against corruption, but that  the war must be across aboard and not be selective.

“In this regard, the NBA stated that it would work with the  law enforcement agencies with the common objective of promoting the Rule of Law, and therefore called on its members to take necessary steps to prevent the molestation of legal practitioners when carrying out their lawful duties.”

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA is a non-profit professional Association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria and a member of all statutory bodies that regulates the Nigerian Bar and Bench.


Lateefah Ibrahim