Today’s announcement of the removal of the Service Chiefs by President Goodluck Jonathan in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court in the case ofFestus Keyamo Vs. President and 4 others(which declared the previous appointments null and void) is a welcome development. Recall that last week I issued a fourteen-day ultimatum to all relevant parties to comply that judgment.
Therefore, the appointments of the new Service Chiefs that have just been made subject to the confirmation of the National Assembly (in compliance with the judgment) is also commendable.
The rule of law is the cornerstone upon which we must build our constitutional democracy and it is only such strict compliance with the judgments of courts that will guarantee the stability of our democracy.
While commending President Jonathan for taking this step to obey the rule of law, we encourage him to extend such strict compliance with the rule of law to all other actions of government.
Festus Keyamo, Esq.
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