By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Anambra State chapter, has blamed the growing incidents of insecurity in the country on fragrant disobedience of the constitution by leaders at all levels.
The Chairman of Committee of Chairmen of the eight branches of the body in the state, Kingsley Awuka, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the body’s plan to embark on mass protest over the lingering strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on non implementation of financial autonomy and independence of the judicial arm of government.
He said the deliberate refusal of those in authority to abide by the Constitution and laws of the land had also contributed largely to the unruly behaviour of the citizenry, including resorting to self-help.
He said: “One of the major reasons of insecurity is because our leaders have ignored our constitution. If leaders at all levels learn to abide by the Constitution and laws of the land, this insecurity will be tamed.
“People are behaving anyhow, resorting to self help.
‘’Police are no longer there. But the laws are there and we must abide by them, including the judicial autonomy with respect to funding.
“If the Judiciary is effectively working, it will go a long way in fighting insecurity. All we’re saying is that the money approved in the annual budget for the Judiciary should be given to them. If they’re serious in fighting insecurity, then they must be ready to obey the Constitution.”
Awuka explained that the planned protest would be total if government remained adamant to their demands.
“It’s the people’s wishes that government must aspire to do at all times. Our protest will be sustained in every form but within legitimate confines.
“Ours won’t be mere going to the government house. If it requires us declaring operation occupy Awka, we’ll do that. This state is the light of the nation and should be a torch bearer in doing things right.
“We want to support JUSUN because they’re fighting a just cause. This is part of the process that would stem the tide of insecurity in the state,” he added.