Obasanjo tasks ju­di­ciary on na­tion’s chal­lenges

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

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.

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