President Bola Tinubu has instructed the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to enhance the welfare of the country’s judicial officers.
Speaking through the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, at the all Nigerian judges conference, President Tinubu urged against undue criticism of the Judiciary, especially regarding political cases.
He also called for the appointment of appellate court Justices from outside the bench and directed RMAFC to review a previous recommendation for a 114 percent increase in judicial officers’ remuneration, aiming for a more realistic rate in line with the current economic situation.
Tinubu commended the Judiciary’s role as the last hope of the common man and a defender of the rule of law and democracy, acknowledging its accomplishments and contributions to nation-building.
Despite challenges and criticisms, he expressed pride in the Judiciary’s evolution and emphasized its crucial role in shaping the country’s democratic processes.
“On many occasions, the judiciary has come to the rescue by intervening to safeguard democratic processes and preserve or restore the wishes of the electorates.
“The Judiciary should not be blamed for the failing of the political class. We, as actors, must learn not to portray or analyse the Judiciary from the narrow prism that is solely based on our political interests only.
“As a patriotic citizen and the President, I am not oblivious of the challenges hampering the commitment of the Judiciary to deepening the rule of law and democracy.
The National Judicial Council has identified challenges such as inefficiencies in the appointment process of judicial officers, a lack of transparency and accountability in the administration of justice, and concerns about the independence and quality of judgments.
President Bola Tinubu, expressing commitment to the judiciary’s development, aims to address these issues under his leadership. The focus includes enhancing the capacity of superior courts, reducing delays in justice delivery, and ensuring the judiciary’s ability to sustain independence.
The Biennial All Judges Conference serves as a platform to address and strategize solutions for the judiciary’s pivotal role in fostering socio-economic and political development in the nation.