In a veiled reference to President Buhari’s recent umbrage on the judiciary, President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Augustine Alegeh, SAN, yesterday condemned in strong terms the recent criticism of the Judiciary, in the fight against corruption.
Recent judgments of the Supreme Court on governorship elections in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Delta, Ebonyi and other states recently drew criticisms, with many describing the apex court’s decisions as questionable and labelling the judiciary as corrupt.
President Muhammadu Buhari also recently expressed concern about the integrity of the judiciary and its ability to dispense justice without compromise in corruption cases filed by his administration.
Alegeh condemned what he termed “generalisation and/or categorisation” of the judiciary as corrupt and a stumbling block to the Buhari administration’s war against corruption
The NBA president also pledged the support of the Bar to resist any attempt to intimidate or harass judicial officers.
He said, “The NBA condemns in its entirety the generalisation and/or categorisation of the judiciary as being corrupt and impediment to the zero corruption policy of the present administration.”
He, however, warned “the few bad eggs in the system” to desist from engaging in their embarrassing acts or be ready to face petitions which the NBA ‎would start filing against such judicial officers.
On his part, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Mahmud Mohammed described the unfavourable opinion expressed against the decisions of the judiciary as “misguided”.
Justice Mohammed said the backlash which the judiciary had received over its decisions failed to give consideration to law and rationale of the ‎nation’s system of government.
He said, “The Nigerian judiciary, though constantly striving to redress wrongs and tilt the balance in favour of that which is right, has recently had to face the backlash of misguided opinions fashioned without due consideration of the law and rationale for the system of government that we operate.
“The judiciary is duty bound to act in accordance with the dictates of the law as it stands and not as critics would like it to be.
“In this sense, naive idealism is but a pale limitation of legal certainty and it is in observing the career and jurisprudence of such eminent jurists as my lord, Honourable Justice Muntaka-Coomassie that we see this most clearly,”‎ he said

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