Buhari govt’s refusal to obey court orders lawless says Nigerians

An overwhelming majority of Nigerians, who responded to The Punch opinion poll,  said that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was being lawless for refusing to obey court orders.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on  Tuesday ordered the Department of State Service to release the convener   of  #RevolutionNow protests,  Omoyele Sowore, who was arrested on August 3. But almost a week after the court gave the order, the DSS had yet to set Sowore free.

Before the agency ignored the order on Sowore, it had refused to set others, including  the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky,  and his wife, Zeenat; an ex-National Security Adviser,  Sambo Dasuki and a Yenagoa-based journalist, Jones Abiri,  free despite court pronouncements.

The Punch, had in the poll posted on its website on Saturday at 10pm asked, “Is the government’s persistent disobedience of court orders an act of lawlessness?”

Less than 24 hours after poll opened on The Punch portal, 2,073 representing 85.34 per cent of 2,429 respondents said that the government had been lawless.

A total of 314 respondents, representing 12.93 per cent, said the persistent disobedience of law did not mean lawlessness as they voted ‘no.’

On the other hand, a total of 42 respondents representing 1.73 per cent were not decisive as they voted ‘can’t say’.

Respondents were asked to choose one of three options to the question. The three options were “yes,” “no,” and “can’t say.”  Out of the three options, an overwhelming majority, 2,073, chose ‘yes’.

This was followed by 314 respondents who chose ‘no’ and the 42 undecisive respondents who chose ‘can’t say’

Similarly, on Twitter, 83 per cent of 8,257 respondents said that the government had been lawless. Thus, an overwhelming majority of 6,853 respondents said that the government had been manifesting lawlessness.

A total of 11 per cent or 908 respondents, on the other hand, said that the refusal of the government to release the detainees on court orders did not represent lawlessness.

Another 495 respondents, representing six per cent of the total number of respondents, couldn’t say whether the refusal to obey court orders amounted to lawlessness.

The result of the opinion poll on Twitter represented the status as of 8pm on Sunday.

The respondents in their comments on The Punch website berated the President. One of them, Nigeriaintears, stated that “Buhari is misbehaving because the judiciary does not know its worth! They are all beggars.  If they are not corrupt, they (judges) should have resigned and left the seats for the President to occupy.”(Punch)

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