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President Buhari pledges better life for Nigerian judges

President Buhari pledges better life for Nigerian judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed reservations over the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation’s judiciary, saying it was serious and would be addressed.

He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country’s economy “currently battling insecurity, corruption and economic challenges,” aggravated by COVID-19 and the war in  Ukraine.

Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers, a body of legal practitioners of “the highest distinction in the legal profession” in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.

According to the president, a democratic government like the one he leads, “standing on a tripod comprising the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, cannot stand where one of its three pillars, the Judiciary is not properly nurtured, maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties.”

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Buhari had earlier on July 25 hosted the outgoing President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub-regional body remained united.

In his words, “You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS, and of the sub-region.

“Your tenure has been very successful, and I wish you and the family more successes ahead.”

The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia, Liberia, to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country.

Buhari, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme: “Fostering Unity, Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity.”

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Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s, leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways, especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme.

At the event in Monrovia, Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust, freedom and transparency.

According to the president, this is the only way the sub-region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional takeovers that reared its head in three countries recently.

The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace, stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy.

President Buhari pledges better life for Nigerian judges

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