Tinubu denounces attacks on the judiciary by politicians

Tinubu denounces attacks on the judiciary by politicians
President Bola Tinubu denounced on Monday the political class's assaults on the judiciary, particularly in the aftermath of the resolution of political and electoral matters.

The President urged political players to cease their slanted criticism of the court, saying that it should not be held responsible for the failures of the political class.

Tinubu expressed his pride in the judiciary's accomplishments and said he could not have imagined the suffering the nation would have endured in its absence.

Speaking at the Judges Conference in Abuja, the president was accompanied by Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

"Although there might be occasional reservations, we can't even begin to imagine the suffering our nation would have endured in the absence of the judiciary," he stated. I am pleased with our judiciary's contributions to national development on a local and international level.

"I would like to note that the judiciary has faced narrow-minded criticism and attacks in the process of proving this dedication to the progress of democracy and the rule of law, particularly in political and election matters.

The judiciary has saved the day numerous times by stepping in to protect democratic procedures and uphold or restore the wishes of the electorate.

"The political class's failures should not be attributed to the court. As actors, we have to learn not to view the court through a limited lens that is centered simply on our political objectives.

The president acknowledged the difficulties the branch of government was facing and pledged to find solutions.

As President and a patriotic citizen, I am aware of the difficulties impeding the judiciary's efforts to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

"The National Judicial Council has recognized a number of concerns, including inefficiencies and inadequacies in the judicial officer nomination process; a lack of accountability and openness in the judicial system; and poor administration of justice.

The perception that the judiciary may not be able to maintain its independence, the need to maintain and strengthen Superior Courts' ability to uphold and defend the rule of law, the need to address concerns about the caliber of rulings, and the lack of resources required for the judiciary to effectively administer justice in the twenty-first century.

Under my direction, one of the cornerstones of our renewed hope program is our determination to push the judiciary toward sustained socioeconomic prosperity.

The president also asked the judiciary to take into account appointing private practitioners to the nation's highest court and appeals court.

"I am of the strong view that, in order to further strengthen our appellate court, private legal practitioners who are qualified, experienced, and diligent should be considered for appointment to both the Appeal and Supreme Court, as this will benefit the nation," he stated.

Additionally, Tinubu stated that he had ordered the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission to examine the 114 percent increase in judicial officers' salaries, calling it intolerable.

He declared, "I have instructed the RMAFC to examine its earlier, unsatisfactory suggestion of a 114 percent rise in judicial officers' compensation and develop a more reasonable rate that will take into account the current state of the economy.

"As I have done elsewhere, I am hopeful that the process will be completed as soon as possible, making the judiciary independent."

In his speech, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, CJN, stated that the conference gives the judiciary a chance to look back on the year and gauge how well it performed in carrying out its demanding duties as the guardian of the rule of law and the arbiter of justice.

He stated, "Judges are human too, which is a stark but unfortunately disregarded fact, even if as judicial officers we must continually try to acquire a high standard of perfection and ensure that the strength of our character is at best, unimpeachable!

This suggests that humans are neither perfect nor exempt from making mistakes from time to time.

Therefore, in order to successfully accomplish the Conference's second goal—which involves developing strategies, exchanging ideas, and producing decisive decisions—it is imperative that we take stock in an impartial and objective manner. This will help the Judiciary move forward in the upcoming year.

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