LAGOS – Evans Ufeli, a lawyer, has commended the action of the government in granting medical leave to the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, as ordered by a Kaduna State High Court but also cautioned that the defendants should comply with the part of the agreement, which is to go to India and come back to the country after treatment as stated in the court order.
The lawyer, while speaking on Channels Television on Tuesday, stated that it was important for the defendants to know that what they had been given was a leave to go on medical treatment in India and after that, they were expected to return, even though the government had taken further steps to sign an irrevocable guarantee with the Indian Government not to grant them an asylum or through a third party try to do that by presenting themselves on political grounds.
He maintained that it was good that government had obeyed the court order and would give international community opportunity to believe that the government had the capacity to follow court order.
He said on the part of the defendants, they must act based on the conditions that had been given because it was part of the court order.
The lawyer said that in as much as government was commended, they too must play by the rules. He said if they violate the court order, government would have a justification for the disobedience of court orders it had be known for in the past years.
Ufeli said: “It is good that government has obeyed the court order and that has also put our democracy together. It would also give credit that this government has the capacity to obey court orders but I think on the part of the defendants they must also try to maintain their own part of the agreement.
“They should act based on the condition that has been given concerning this because this is part of the court order. In as much as we commend the government to have obeyed the court order, they also must play by the rules.”
“Their part to this agreement is to respect the court order because if this order is violated, government would have the justification for the long disobedience of court order it has been known for the past two years,” he said.
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