The Ekiti State Government has approached a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, praying it to sanction former President Olusegun Obasanjo for violating a court order restraining him from publishing his autobiography, ‘My Watch’.
The controversial book was launched in Lagos on Tuesday with the ex-president denying insinuations that he was flouting a valid court order restraining from going ahead with the public presentation of his autobiography.
In its reaction, the state government, which described Obasanjo’s action as a deliberate impunity and contempt of the court, said the sanction was necessary “to serve as deterrent to other people who see themselves as ‘super powers’ far and above the laws of the land”.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Justice, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, the Ekiti State Government noted that it was embarrassing that a former president “will be behaving with impunity, disregarding the rights of other Nigerians and recently became contemptuous of court orders”.
Ajayi stated that, “In the lexicon of our legal jurispudence, a court order, however frivolous, must be obeyed until discharged by that court or set aside by another court.
“It is therefore a deliberate impunity and disregard for the rule of law and our judiciary for Chief Obasanjo to disobey the said order made by a competent court of law. It stands condemnable.
“The court should be courageous enough to sanction this impunity and deliberate contempt of its order to serve as a deterrent to other people who see themselves as “super powers” far and above the law of the land. The sanctity of our judiciary must be protected.
“In concussion, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo must be told the truth that he is not a saint in the class of our Lord, Jesus Christ, while other former and present rulers, who are satanic agents, should be sent to the gallows for prosecution”.