The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, yesterday, took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, alleging that rule of law in the country has suffered degradation in multiple ways.
The association, which is the umbrella body of legal practitioners in the country, in a New Year message signed by its National President, Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, cited what it described as brazen disobedience of court orders and judgments, as well as failure to build strong institutions that could stand up to arbitrariness and abuse of power as examples of how the rights of people were being trampled upon.
It said: “In our country, the rule of law suffers degradation in multiple ways. The rule of law is trampled upon when there is no access to justice or when such access is denied, not well defined or is constrained, stifled or impaired howsoever.”
The rule of law is threatened when the practice of law, whether at the Bar or on the Bench, is brought under siege by agencies of state through their actions and/or inactions.
“The rule of law suffers subjugation when the rights of our people are trampled upon, whether in terms of rights abuses or brazen disobedience of court orders and judgments.”