The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has averred that Bola Tinubu's presidency is a function of the constitution of Nigeria, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The assertion was made by NBA President Yakubu Maikyau in an Arise TV interview which was aired on Sunday night.
According to Maikyau, Tinubu's presidency is rooted in the nation's Electoral Act, something he recognises as an individual.
“That Tinubu is president today is a function of laws. It’s a function of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is a function of the Electoral Act. What I’ve done is simply to recognise the position of the law,” he said.
Maikyau's comments were in defence of President Tinubu's invitation to the recent NBA conference which was marred by controversy.
“As far as the law is concerned today in this country, without prejudice to the tendency of petition against the election and declaration of President Tinubu, he is the president and commander-in-chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the president of this country, and I went to him because I defer to the law, not to the whims and caprices of individuals. This is not a function of anybody’s sentiment or whims and caprices.
“When anything had been declared by a public officer, there is a presumption, rebuttable though, that all that needed to be done, had been so done and that the person who made that declaring has the authority to make the declaration”, he added.