Judiciary under Pressure from Political Elites in Nigeria – Osinbajo

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo yesterday observed that the justice administration “is under severe pressure from the elites who want to get ahead at all cost” while faulting the process of appointing judges in Nigeria.

With Osinbajo’s observation, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad made a case for new reforms in the judiciary, specifically with respect to the appointment of judges.

The leaders expressed grave concerns about the quality of judges and justice administration, at a webinar the Justice Research Institute (JRI) organised yesterday.

Among others, the webinar also featured the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chief Justice of Ghana, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah and a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Amina Augie.

At the webinar, the leaders agreed that justice reforms had become necessary to restore the dignity of the judiciary and judges lost to the manipulation of politicians and various sectional interests in the country.

In his presentation, the vice president said: “We have an elite. When I speak of the elite, I speak of the Nigerian elite – political, religious, commercial or business etc. Everyone wants to get ahead, we want to own things, we want to control things and we want to own the judges too.”

Specifically, Osinbajo lamented that the political elite always wanted “to be sure of all the outcomes and they wanted all the outcomes to favour them. That is the same pressure that we have with respect to the federal character.

“You cannot pick out the judiciary alone as the causes of failure. Nigerian elite, politicians want to own things. They want every decision to favour them. They influence how judges are appointed”, Osinbajo said.

“Today, you can own the judge. Tomorrow, another person can own the judge. It does not make sense. We need to have this conversation. It is not enough to say judges are bad”, the vice president added.

 

 

– Thisdaylive

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