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Boycott order is democracy in action, Presidency reacts


Femi Adesina

The Presidency has described the call for a two-day boycott of court activities by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) as the beauty of democracy.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina yesterday said the development was not strange, as Nigeria was practicing a democracy, which espouses all the norms of freedom.

“A free country,” was the terse reply from the presidential media aide to The Guardian’s SMS seeking reaction to the NBA directive. He did not give further explanation.

Also, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the issue falls within the purview of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. “The Attorney General may answer this question,” he said, while reacting to the development yesterday.

The NBA, had after its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Monday, called on its members nationwide to boycott all courts for two days.

The action was to protest against the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari. A statement at the end of the meeting reads in part: “NEC resolved that members should boycott all courts for the next two days starting from January 29 to 31 2019.”

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