Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Monday described the total lockdown of Lagos and Ogun States by President Muhammadu Buhari over coronavirus as illegal and unconstitutional.
Soyinka, in a statement said the president did not have the power to unilaterally lockdown a state, as there was no war or emergency.
The Nobel laureate, in the statement titled: Between COVID and Constitutional Encroachment,” said constitutional lawyers and our elected representatives should kindly step into “this and educate us, mere lay minds. The worst development I can conceive us is to have a situation where rational measures for the containment of the Corona pandemic are rejected on account of their questionable genesis.
“This is a time for Unity of Purpose, not nitpicking dissensions. So, before this becomes a habit, a question: does President Buhari have the powers to close down state borders? We want clear answers. We are not in a war emergency.