The Emir of Gummi , Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi (retd . ), says refusal to obey a court order is another form of corruption , noting that government must exemplify the change it promised before expecting citizens to follow suit.
He said disrespect for the rule of law , bad governance , disobedience to court orders , non – compliance with electoral regulations by political parties , godfathers hijacking the electoral process and dwindling confidence in the justice system posed threats to Nigeria ’ s democracy.
READ ALSO: Power firms facing difficult times – Senate committee
The monarch , who was the keynote speaker at the Barewa Old Boys Association annual lecture , held at the Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic , Sokoto, spoke on the topic , ‘ The challenges of the judiciary to democracy: The Nigeria perspective . ’
The 97 – year old college , located in Kaduna State , is reputed for producing five out of Nigeria ’ s past leaders , including General Yakubu Gowon , Alhaji Shehu Shagari , late Umaru Yar ’ adua , late Gen . Murtala Mohammed and the late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa .
It has also produced three Chief Justices of Nigeria , three Inspectors – General of Police and four Secretaries to the Government of the Federation .
But in his address , Gummi described the judiciary as the watchdog of democracy, without which “reckless marauders will attack the society , ” adding that an insecure judiciary is one of the greatest threats to democracy.
He said , “ Orders of court are disobeyed at will in the name of fighting corruption . No one institution , no matter how highly placed , should flout the laws of the land , not even under the guise of fighting corruption . Refusing to obey an order of court is another form of corruption in itself.
“ The executive cannot play the role of both the accuser and that of the judge at the same time . It is an aberration in a democracy. National security cannot take precedence over the rule of law ; rather , it should be guided by the rule of law .
“ Any democracy where the executive tries to intimidate and harass the legislature and /or the judiciary into doing its bidding is a democracy under threat . In the same vein , it is not right in a democracy for the National Assembly to make governance difficult for the executive for pecuniary reasons .
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: I’ m not afraid of my scars , they beautify
me – Ihuoma , polio survivor
“ We all agree that we need change as promised by the government, but that change must first begin with them , then , you and me . ”