A Lagos State based group, Save Lagos Group, SLG, has commended the judicial arm of government over the judgment delivered by Justice Abdulfatai Lawal of Igbosere High Court, on the dissolution of the caretaker committees, popularly called ‘executive secretaries’ in the state.
The group led by Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, gave the commendation in a release signed and made available to Nigerian Pilot on Sunday, describing the judgment as an uncommon judgment.
The group also commended Justice Lawal for summoning the uncommon courage to deliver a landmark judgment that affected the local government administration in Nigeria, with regard to the siphoning of local government funds through the use of caretaker committee members.
The group also stressed that the Friday judgment has reposed confidence of Nigerians in the ability of the judiciary as the last hope of the common man and sustainer of the
country’s democratic experiment, noting that “Justice Abdulfatai Lawal will go down memory lane as Nigerian judge who had the bold spirit by giving the landmark Judgment to save the local government system in Nigeria.
He said, “the only way to restore the lost glory of the Judiciary among Nigerians as the last hope of common man is for the judicial officers to discharge their duties in transparent and honest manner and without fear or favour.
“The state governors in Nigeria have turned the local governments into their private affair, with which they can collect funds and spend the way they like; and this is seriously affecting the objectives and constitutional roles of the council areas in the land.
“But with the Friday judgment, President Muhammadu Buhari should be able to summon emergency meeting of the state governors by making inquiry on rationale behind the appointment of caretaker committees, executive secretaries or whatever names they call it in over 85 percent of the local government areas in Nigeria.
“President Buhari should also develop the courage to tell the governors to conduct the local government elections in their various states, as he promised during his inauguration speech on May 29”.