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“President Buhari Cannot Restrict Movement” – Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

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Human rights lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), says President, Muhammadu Buhari lacks the power to restrict movement without recourse to the National Assembly.

Adegboruwa said this in a statement, while reacting to the President’s restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as Abuja.

Buhari had in a broadcast on Sunday restricted movement in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Calling on the president to do the right thing, the senior advocate said, “The President has no powers to restrict the movement of persons without recourse to the National Assembly. The President has not invoked his powers under the constitution to declare any state of emergency, which must be approved by the National Assembly.

“We are running a constitutional democracy and it is illegal for the President to take over the affairs of any state of the federation without the express consent of the people of that state through their elected representatives.

It is only the governor of the state through the House of Assembly of the state that can make any declaration concerning the people of that state. Little wonder that the President could not cite any law that he relied upon for his declaration.”

Adegboruwa, also stated that he supports measures put in place to curb the virus, said the law must be respected.

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