- President Buhari has finally reacted to the prolonged JUSUN strike
- In a meeting with Chris Ngige on Friday, April 23, the president ordered the labour and employment minister to convene a meeting with the union
- Buhari also gave the same order to his chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari
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Following a failed meeting between representatives of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the federal government, President Muhammadu Buhari has intervened.
The president on Friday, April 23, ordered Ibrahim Gambari and Chris Ngige to address the issues raised by JUSUN with a view to ending the nationwide strike, Channels TV reports.
Both the president's chief of staff and the minister of labour and employment are expected to meet with the leadership of the union on the best way forward.
Buhari's directive was disclosed by Ngige who told journalists that he met with the Nigerian leader in Abuja on Friday.
The minister said his talk with President Buhari was to keep him abreast with the responses of various unions and the ministry's efforts to resolves pending issues related to labour, Vanguard also reported.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad had given a fair reaction to the ongoing strike action embarked upon by 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 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."
Earlier, a reconciliation meeting between the government and members of the JUSUN suffered a setback on Tuesday, April 20.
The meeting failed to hold after the union staged a walkout from the venue for discussion.