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Popular Lagos-Based Lawyer Berates Buhari Over  Broadcast On Naira Redesign Policy

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Adegboruwa has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over broadcast on naira redesign policy.

Naijanewshub.com.ng gathered that the Lagos-based lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast to the nation on the Naira redesign policy is a contempt of Court as he lacks the power to overrule the Supreme Court.

In a statement made available to DAILY INDEPENDENT, Adegboruwa said based on the constitution of Nigeria, the Supreme Court is the final authority in legal pronouncements and not the president.

He said “The President cannot overrule the Supreme Court of Nigeria. There is separation of powers in a democracy”.

“Under section 235 of the 1999 Constitution, the Supreme Court is the final authority in legal pronouncements in Nigeria”.

‘Under section 287(1) of the Constitution, the President is statutorily obliged to obey, enforce and give effect to the decision of the Supreme Court.

Section 287(1) of the 1999 Constitution:

“(1) The decisions of the Supreme court shall be enforced in any part of the Federation by all authorities and persons, and by courts with subordinate jurisdiction to that of the supreme Court.”

“The broadcast of the president is sad for our democracy. Since he already admitted that the matter is subjudice, the President should not have proceeded to vary the order of the Supreme Court”.

“The president and indeed the executive should not give the impression that citizens can brazenly disregard lawful orders of any court, as that will only encourage anarchy and lawlessness”.

“It amounts to executive rascality and brazen disregard and contempt of the Supreme Court, for the President to separate the denomination of the old notes for legality. It is not open to the President to choose which portion of the order of the Supreme Court that will be obeyed”.

“The President should reverse his directive and add the N500 and N1000 old notes, failing which the Supreme Court should overrule the directive of the President in on February 22 when the case comes up”.



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