Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19: Declare state of emergency, Falana tells Buhari

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a State of Emergency in the country.

Mr. Falana’s reaction comes amid the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country.

“Last week, the Federal Government and a few state governments belatedly responded to the coronavirus pandemic,” Falana said in a statement released today said.

“Since then the authorities have advised Nigerians to comply with certain measures to contain the dreaded disease.

“But as the said measures are not backed by any law they have been ignored by some highly placed Nigerians including political and religious leaders. Millions of other people have also disregarded them out of sheer ignorance.

“In order to stem the dangerous trend, the Federal Government should put necessary legal measures and mechanisms in place without any further delay.

“In particular, the attention of the Nigerian people ought to be drawn to section 45 of the Constitution which provides that the fundamental rights of citizens to personal liberty, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly and association etc may be infringed upon or restricted in the interest of public health and public safety.”

Mr. Falana said that in line with Section 305 (1) of the constitution, the President should proclaim a State of Emergency on the nation.