Buhari Promises Judiciary Financial Autonomy, Laments Slow Justice System

President Muhammadu Buhari says that his regime will continue to partner with the judiciary in ensuring that it is financially independent.

He also said to retain greater public confidence by Nigerians, the judiciary must be independent of all forms of interference and must maintain the highest level of responsiveness, professional standards, and integrity.

Buhari who was represented by Vice President YemiOsinbajo said these on Monday while delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2021 biennial All Nigeria Judges’ Conference held at the Andrews OtutuObaseki Auditorium of the National Judicial Institute, Mohammed Bello Centre, Abuja.

Speaking on judicial autonomy, Buhari said, “The judiciary remains the last hope of the common man; it exercises powers that affect lives and liberties.

The president said he was aware of the number of challenges slowing the pace of transformation in the administration of the justice system.

He said more needed to be done to strike a sound balance between a high level of productivity and the quality of judicial decisions.

He assured the judiciary that his regime, through the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the National Judicial Council, had been working towards the resolution of some of the challenges the judiciary faces today.

Buhari lamented the delayed dispensation of justice; a lingering cause for concern among citizens.

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