The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has advised Nigerian politicians to always obey orders of all Nigerian courts, and that rather than disobey such orders, aggrieved parties should appeal to a higher court.

The sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, was speaking Thursday in Abuja at the 2019 fourth quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council with the theme: ‘Religion and Civil Authorities in Dialogue for Nation-Building.’

He said, “We must regularly obey and respect the laws of our land. We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences. If a court makes a judicial pronouncement on a particular matter, it should be obeyed to the letter. If you have any problem or disagree with the pronouncement, the next step is to appeal the pronouncement instead of disregarding or violating court judgments.”

“If you are served a court order and you deliberately refused to obey it because you are a governor, president or any influential person, then you are setting a dangerous precedent.”

“There’s no society that will prosper through lawlessness; citizens must be law-abiding so that we can achieve the desired development,” he also advised.

Abeeb Olalekan

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