Obasanjo tasks judiciary on nation’s challenges
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has charged the judiciary to help clear the political and economic challenges facing the country.
Obasanjo said this yesterday at the presentation of a book: “S.T. Hon’s Constitutional and Migration Law in Nigeria” in Abuja.
He said the judiciary and the law profession had a lot to contribute in rescuing the country from the claws of social vices that impeded the nation’s development.
Obasanjo, who was the Father of The Day at the presentation, decried a situation where courts of coordinate jurisdiction now compete with one another, saying: “With all the criticism about the practitioners, I concur with the book reviewer that if our country must make progress, the judiciary and the law profession must have a lot to do.”
The former president commended the author for producing a book which would be useful not only to legal practitioners and lawmakers but to the entire citizens.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in his remarks, commended the author for being unequivocal in addressing controversial legal issues, especially the law of evidence and recommended the book to all Nigerians.
Osibanjo also commended the author for delving into issues such as surrogate pregnancy, law of anaesthesia (mercy killing) and right to privacy of public figures among others, noting that the book would help resolve such issues if and when they arise.
The book, written by an eminent legal practitioner, Mr. Sebastine Tar Hon (SAN), addressed contemporary constitutional and legal issues.
The book, according to the reviewer, Professor, Dakas Dakas (SAN), the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Jos, is not only apt but relevant in throwing light on controversial issues of present times, particularly the crisis associated with migration in the country.
“We live at a time when we grapple with conflicting judgment of courts. Courts of coordinate jurisdiction acting as lord over others, high level of impunity and high cost of governance”, he said.