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Court orders should be obeyed to the letter, Sultan of Sokoto cautions



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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has said that court orders should be obeyed to the letter.

The Sultan, who is also the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), said that laws of the land should never be disregarded to avoid consequences.

He spoke on Thursday at the 2019 fourth quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council.

The warning by the Sultan came on the heels of allegations of human rights abuses, disobedience to court orders by President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

The allegations have intensified since the Department of State Security (DSS) invaded a Federal High Court to re-arrest the #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore.

At the meeting with the theme, ‘Religion and civil authorities in dialogue for nation-building,’ the monarch cautioned that “everyone must be law-abiding in the interest of national development.”

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.

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“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 said there was need for inter-religious dialogue in the country to foster a better understanding among the people.

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