BREAKING!! Nigerian Senate To Governors : Implement Judicial Autonomy Now Or…
According to Weetalknaija (WTN), the Senate on Monday urged governors across Nigeria’s 36 states to save the country’s democracy by granting full independence to the judicial branch of government.
Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, stated this in response to the Nigerian Bar Association’s protest at the National Assembly on the subject.
Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari signed Executive Order No. 10 of 2020, titled “the introduction of financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary Order, 2020,” into law.
The Order gave the Accountant-General of the Federation the authority to deduct from a state’s appropriations due from the Federation Account any amounts allocated for that state’s legislature or judiciary that the state fails to release to its legislature or judiciary as the case may be, and to pay the funds directly to the state’s legislature or judiciary as the case may be.
Bamidele told journalists that judicial independence was non-negotiable and that state governors should follow the federal government’s lead by granting the arm of government autonomy. “It is hilarious that we are still struggling with the need to grant independence to the judiciary arm of government at the state and local government levels at this point,” he said.
The National Assembly has been working on legislation that would give the Federal judiciary complete autonomy. “It is fundamental and critical to the judiciary’s independence in this country. We cannot allow the rest of the developed world to abandon us. Since it has already been achieved at the national level, no one stands to risk anything by granting judiciary independence at the state level. The federal judiciary’s participation in the protest is solely out of solidarity with their colleagues at the state level.
“It’s a union problem about which we have no leverage. We are writing to urge state governors to take action because the judiciary’s independence is non-negotiable. Without the rule of law and an independent judiciary, no democracy can survive.”
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