- The federal government has said it will continue to support efforts and reforms that safeguard the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary
- In making the declaration, President Buhari noted that foreign investors are attracted to a country that maintains high professional standards
- VP Osinbajo attended the conference on behalf of the president and the CJN described him as one of their own
FCT, Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has said the federal government will continue to support efforts and reforms that safeguard the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary, its independence from all forms of interference, and ensure it maintains the highest level of responsiveness and professional standards.
Buhari made the comment in his speech at the 2021 Biennial All Nigeria Judges’ Conference, which was held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.
“The extent to which we can attract business to our country depends in part upon investor perception of the quality of our justice delivery system. If we are seen as inefficient and ineffective, we would lose out to more efficient systems.”
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Acknowledging that the judiciary remains the last hope of the common man, the president, who was represented at the event by his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, noted that"
“A trusted, well-resourced and well-functioning judiciary is therefore essential to the entrenchment of rule of law.”
He added that:
“To maintain this revered position, and retain greater public confidence by the citizens, the judiciary must be independent of all forms of interference and must maintain the highest level of responsiveness, professional standards, and integrity.
“We will continue to partner with you in ensuring that the Judiciary is financially independent; and effectively and sustainably retains a preeminent position in the quality of jurists manning our courts and the jurisprudence that develops from their collective premier reasoning.”
The president recalled his 2019 address to the judiciary body, where he emphasized the need for implementation of measures that will ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the country through the dual-track of removing administrative bottlenecks in the judicial process and adopting modern time-saving technology.
Emphasising the importance of judicial integrity, President Buhari stated that:
“In my humble view, nothing is as important as for judges to be trusted for honesty and integrity.”
He acknowledged that more needs to be done to strike a sound balance between a high level of productivity, the quality of judicial decisions, and careful consideration of cases.
Highlighting some of the measures taken by his administration, through the federal ministry of justice in collaboration with the National Judicial Council, in resolving challenges in the judiciary, the president noted the development of strategic infrastructure to provide ease in case management in courts, and the enhanced welfare of judicial officers.
In his remarks, the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, thanked President Buhari and VP Osinbajo for their efforts towards supporting the judiciary.
“Let me publicly acknowledge and thank the president of the federation, through his Excellency, the Vice President, for his complete obedience to the constitution of the federation in relation to the funding of the federal judiciary.
“The negotiation driven by the ministry of labour, between JUSUN and the governors forum under the directive of the president is quite commendable, we appreciate this support.”
He also thanked VP Osinbajo for honouring their invitation on behalf of the president.
Describing the vice president as
“A very solid part and parcel of us. Luckily enough for us, the man seated with us happens to not only be one of us but very knitted into us.
“He knows the court very well, not because of a few years ago, but he has been appearing before us. We talk with him and we are sure he is ever ready to continue to listen and assist us.”
Osinbajo's strong outings in President Buhari's absence
In a related development, VP Osinbajo recently presided over a key All Progressives Congress (APC) meeting on behalf of the president.
While speaking at the caucus meeting, the vice president assured on agreement among major stakeholders in the APC on the knotty issue of primaries in the party.
Speaking at the expanded tripartite consultative committee of the executive, legislative, and APC leadership at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, November 9, Osinbajo urged all stakeholders to come with an amicable solution to the issue for the party to move forward.
Governor Fayemi describes VP Osinbajo as a huge bridge builder
Fayemi made the comment on Thursday, October 14 in Ado-Ekiti where Osinbajo was a special guest of honour at the Ekiti State Economic Development and Investment Summit, saying:
“We have for a VP someone who is a huge bridge-builder, someone who is able...he's got shock absorbers to withstand the pressures from the states.”