Lawyers on Tuesday, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, saluted the acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN ), for relieving the Director General of the Department of State Services , Lawal Daura, of his position.
Osinbajo , who is acting in place of President Muhammadu Buhari , who is currently in London on a 10 – day vacation , sacked Daura hours after some DSS operatives invaded the National Assembly complex on Tuesday morning .
The acting President, who is a professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria , attracted the commendations of his colleagues , who said he had saved the nation ’ s democracy and upheld the supremacy of the rule of law .
In a statement on Tuesday , a former Deputy Director General of the Nigerian Law School , Prof Ernest Ojukwu (SAN ) , said the acting President had “ renewed great hope that our democracy shall survive . ”
Ojukwu, a Nigerian Bar Association ’ s presidential aspirant , said , “ I am excited to be counted as a Nigerian , a lawyer and a law teacher by this example of leadership by our acting President .
“I urge all Nigerians, the Nigerian Bar Association inclusive, to play more proactive roles in protecting our democracy , the rule of law and human rights .
“We should not allow a few men and women to destroy our country by impunity. ”
Also, Mr Tayo Oyetibo ( SAN ) , said in a statement that the acting President must be commended “for standing up for the supremacy of the rule of law at this difficult phase of Nigeria’ s nascent democracy . ”
“All lovers of democracy must support him in his decisive action on the unlawful takeover of the National Assembly, ” Oyetibo , a protégé of the late human rights crusader , Chief Gani Fawehinmi ( SAN ) , said .
Similarly , two Lagos- based lawyers , Messrs Wahab Shittu and Ebun – Olu Adegboruwa, hailed Osinbajo for his decisive action on the DSS invasion of the National Assembly complex.
“ I commend the action taken by the acting President , in due consultations with the President, I believe . This should be extended to all other security and law enforcement agencies , to follow the law and observe the due process of law , in all their dealings. Let us never allow security operatives, to take our people for granted , ” Adegboruwa said in a statement .