Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari can be prosecuted after he leaves office for disobeying Supreme Court order on naira policy.
This is according to Rasheed Adegoke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in this interview with Punch.
Recall that the Supreme Court had last week ruled that old naira notes are still legal tenders.
However, Buhari had refused to obey the order by re-circulating the old notes.
Asked if Buhari could be prosecuted after he leaves office, Adegoke said:
“There is. These are impeachable offences. In a sane society when an incumbent is totally disregarding the rule of law and court orders, the national assembly would have commenced impeachment procedures. And when such acts would affect the fundamental rights of the citizens the court might set aside such acts and when he leaves office, he might be exposed to prosecution for violations committed while in office. The president does not enjoy immunity for life and that is one of the ways we can start to establish institutions in the country. In Nigeria, we only have strong men and weak institutions. it behoves the three arms of government and other institutions under them to work together to ensure the establishment of strong institutions in the country. A good example was when Donald Trump refused to leave the government house and wanted to carry on in defiance of Americans’ decisions. All the institutions withdrew from him without anyone giving specific instructions. Right now, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has been declared the winner of the just concluded election, the next thing is that certain paraphernalia of office should be shifting towards him. Buhari by now should be seen that he is being denuded of these things; with this he would not continue to see himself as the ultimate that can do no wrong.”