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Only irresponsible governments disobey court orders, says Tsav


Alhaji Abubakar Tsav

Former Commissioner of Police (CP), Lagos State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has described as irresponsible governments that disobey court orders.

Speaking to newsmen in Makurdi, Benue State, at the weekend, Tsav maintained that such nonchalant attitude about court orders amount to breach of the constitution. He identified the zoning concept of elective political offices as the major cause of corruption in Nigeria, noting that the cankerworm enjoyed the support of security agents as well as the legislative and executive arms of government, at the detriment of the poor masses.

According to the former police boss, unless merit is adopted as the major criterion for electing council chairmen, lawmakers, governors and the president, the nation may not be able to win the war against corruption.

“If we want this country to move forward and if we are serious with our fight against corruption, we should not talk about zoning of political offices, we should be talking about merit.“Whoever merits the presidency should be given. In this country, we have never seen a vice president take over presidency. When can we start seeing this? We should try and encourage continuity,” he stated.

On the social media and hate speech commission bills before the National Assembly, Tsav described Nigerians as perpetual lawbreakers that needed stringent laws to whip them into line. He however stated that for any democratic setting to function well, the government must ensure the existence of a very responsible, free press.

“The press must ensure that it speaks and publishes verifiable truths at all times to avoid unnecessary defamation cases.”“Nigerians are people who delight in breaking laws; they don’t want to obey the law. So anything that comes in Nigeria is abused.

“The social media is something else in this country. So, I support anything that can make people obey laws. “Yes, we need a free press that speaks truth, publishes truth and generally educates and teaches us about the happenings and developments around us. But the press must be responsible too.”


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