Most of Our Laws Are Dead – Senate Spokesperson Alleges

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The spokesperson for the Nigerian Senate, Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central) has alleged that the country is operating on dead laws which are no longer useful in the 21st century.

The senate spokesperson expressed this view during a live political session on social media; Politics Everywhere with SOK.

Senator Basiru said Nigeria should declare a state of emergency on its laws stating that the Bukola Saraki led senate attempted to correct some of the anomalies in the country’s laws.

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He referred to an instance where 130 bills were passed in one day but the President refused to assent to most of them.

Senator Basiru also identified poor funding of the senate as a hindrance to fixing obsolete laws.

“It tells us that largely we need to declare a state of emergency on the laws of Nigeria.

Most of our laws have become what they call dead letters because they are no longer useful.

“We know that by Section 5 of the Nigerian Law Reforms Commission Law, the commission is saddled with ensuring dynamic amendment of our laws.

“But largely because of funding, and may be lack of commitment to it, the commission has been largely in limbo.

“So, you would agree with me that we need to declare a state of emergency in terms of our laws. But then, you see there has to be a relationship between the executive and the legislature.

“I want to enjoin the attorney-general of the federation and the Law Reform Commission and particularly the executive to take the issue of some of our laws reform very serious.” the senator said.

Most of our laws have become what they call dead letters because they are no longer useful.

“We know that by Section 5 of the Nigerian Law Reforms Commission Law, the commission is saddled with ensuring dynamic amendment of our laws.

“But largely because of funding, and may be lack of commitment to it, the commission has been largely in limbo.

“So, you would agree with me that we need to declare a state of emergency in terms of our laws. But then, you see there has to be a relationship between the executive and the legislature.

“I want to enjoin the attorney-general of the federation and the Law Reform Commission and particularly the executive to take the issue of some of our laws reform very serious.” the senator said.

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