When the then opposition party, (All Progressives Congress) castigated the modus-operandi of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) one of its grouse was its flagrant disregard for the rule of law and disobedience of court ruling.
As the Buhari Admnistration marches past its second anniversary in power, it is confronted with the same criticisms it rained against its predecessors.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has given reasons why the President Muhammadu Buhari-Federal Government is flouting court orders regarding some high profile cases.
Featuring on Osasu Show, the Minister said the government flouts court orders in the interest of national security. Responding to a question on why former National Security Adviser, Dasuki Sambo(rtd) and Ibrahim El-Zakzaky have continued to remain in detention, Mohammed said the judiciary does not have the entire picture on the cases.
Dasuki and El-Zakzaky have continued to languish in custody despite several court ruling ordering their release.
Every government will balance national security with human rights; every country in the world. It is the level of the balancing.
As a government, I will balance national security against human rights; and then I will take a decision. Because there is security, there is stability, that the courts also exist
What I am saying (is) that the court has ruled but the court does not have the entire picture when it comes to national security. I am a lawyer too, therefore I have utmost respect for the judiciary
The Minister stressed that Nigerians cannot pick one or two cases and conclude that the Buhari government is a government of impunity.
You cant pick two, three cases which bother on national security to condemn a whole government and say this government is a government of impunity.
How many cases are determined daily in Nigeria? I still say every government has that right to balance national security