Defying Governor Sanwo-Olu.

That officer that defied the governor defied the law in my view.

Effectively, Sanwo-Olu is a commander and can order him out of that position in person.

It’s the question of defective federalism as well as personality.

Federalism: A similar scenario in the US was when, in November 2021, Oklahoma State Gov. Stitt insisted on noncompliance with vaccination law. Brigadier Mancino, Commander of the National Guard refused to move despite directives from Washington, although the military high command has the authority to issue such directives. Personality: Sanwo-Olu could arrest the police officer on the spot.

The CSP was not in the position to occupy a place not under emergency law. And there is precedence. In July 2012 Fashola arrested an Army Colonel [as Governor]. In October 2020, Gov. Makinde instructed the police to steer clear of protest scenes.

I’ll say Governor Sanwo-Olu acted maturely but — in the same context — laid dangerous precedence. That’s a political view. I am not a constitutional lawyer.

Ojo, Aderemi

Ibadan, Nigeria.


Ojo, Aderemi is a Historian, teacher, public speaker, writer, politician, and community organiser. He was trained at the University of Ibadan and was President of the Students Union.

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