- CJN Tanko Muhammad has shown solidarity with members of JUSUN
- Muhammad on Wednesday, April 21, said what members of the union are asking for is clearly stated in the constitution
- The CJN, therefore, stated that he is not at variance with the position of the union
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Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has given a fair reaction to the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
Referring to the position of JUSUN as genuine, the CJN on Wednesday, April 21, commended members of the union for following due process in expressing their displeasure.
Muhammad in a statement made available to Punch noted that the constitutional rights of the judiciary have been infringed upon, especially at the state level for many years.
“I can’t fault your reasons for embarking on this protest because the union wants its rights restored in line with the provisions of the constitution. I commend you for following due process so far to protest against the injustice."
Meanwhile, a reconciliation meeting between the federal government and members of JUSUN suffered a setback on Tuesday, April 20.
The meeting failed to hold after the union staged a walkout from the venue for discussion.
The striking judiciary workers took the action after they had waited for over an hour at the conference room of the ministry of labour and employment.
The union refused to listen to pleas from the permanent secretary who informed them that the minister was holding a meeting with the government team in his office.
A spokesperson for JUSUN, Koin Selepreye, said it was wrong for the minister to keep the workers for that long. He criticised the Ministry of Labour for not keeping to the scheduled time for the meeting.
In other news, the Lagos state chapter of the union decided to resume partially despite the ongoing national strike.
The union based their decision to resume on the outcome of the meeting with stakeholders during which 70 percent of their demands were met.
This was disclosed by JUSUN Lagos chairman, Asiwaju Shobowale Kehinde.