FG will take judges’ welfare seriously, says Buhari

The chairman, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), Thursday in Abuja, said the welfare and working conditions unworthy of national justice were “serious and would be treated as such”.

He also noted that while the government is willing to act, it can only do so within the limits of its resources given the dire state of the country’s economy “currently struggling with insecurity, corruption and economic challenges,” compounded by COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine.

According to a statement signed by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari was responding to a call from the president and representatives of the Body of Benchers, a body of jurists of “the highest distinction in the legal profession.” ”

The statement is titled “President Buhari: We will alleviate the difficult conditions under which judges work”.

President Buhari has asserted that a democratic government like the one he leads, “standing on a tripod comprising the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, cannot stand where one of its three pillars, the judiciary, is not properly fed, maintained and supported to perform its duties”. very crucial constitutional duties.

He therefore undertook to act quickly on the report of the commission he himself created in 2018 to take stock of social protection and the working conditions of the judiciary.

“Let me assure you that the issues will receive appropriate and urgent attention within the limits of the resources available to the government,” he said.

In his presentation, the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Wale Olanipekun, SAN, described the conditions under which judges, especially Supreme Court justices, work as pathetic, appalling and below the minimum standards required.

“We want to plead with you. We must bail out justice. The situation is bad. Let us sympathize with the judiciary. I know you have respect, feelings for the judiciary. You have sympathy, empathy and consideration. The Corps of Counselors as Elders of the Legal Profession make these recommendations to Your Excellency, with a plea that they be addressed with urgency,” he said.

In his opening remarks, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, pleaded for the collaboration of the executive and judicial branches, to “open the books to allow both sides to see the depth of decadence and to know how far to go in implementing the necessary corrective measures.