Rescue judicial system before it's late, Kwara Speaker challenges NBA
The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad said
it is high time the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) rescue the nation's
judiciary, which he described as being on 'trial'.
this, Ahmad added that leadership of the NBA must rise to the occasion
and speak up on various bothering issues affecting judiciary with a view
of protecting the arm of government and save the nation.
statement issued by the speaker's Media Aide, Shuaib Abdulkadir in
Ilorin on Thursday said Ahmad made the remarks while addressing the
executives of the Nigeria Bar Association, Ilorin Branch who were on a
courtesy visit to the Speaker in his office.
situations where judges were falsely accused, hoodwinked, blackmailed
and threatened before giving judgements, arguing that it posed serious
threat to the judiciary independent as enshrined in the constitution.
Ahmad who commended the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria for airing
their views on some political trials in the country maintained that the
NBA must also continue to speak on the side of law without taking side
particularly as it concerns administration of justice.
"The NBA does not have to be political, but it must at all times speak
up against anything that could threaten the judicial arm of government"
"NBA should speak on our fundamental institution which is the judiciary
by supporting judges who are being hoodwinked, blackmailed and
threatened. This is due to the fact that not only politicians are on
trial but also the judiciary. And NBA must assist in restoring the
integrity of the judiciary, otherwise we will be in trouble".
the issue of some reputable lawyers standing trials for alleged bribery
and corruption, the Speaker who is also a barrister advised the
association to quickly embark on internal cleansing by scrutinising its
members in order to sanitise the sector.
Without that, he warned
that it could get worse to a certain level whereby those who knew
nothing about law would be saddled with the responsibility of
determining who becomes a judge as it is the case in some countries.
Ahmad who also encouraged more lawyers participation in active politics
explained that it would be of great benefit to Nigeria by enhancing the
nation's democracy rather than leaving it for miscreants.
Speaker however appreciated the NBA's support, saying that the House
would be willing to listen to them anytime, especially on issues that
would improve the state legislative arm.
Earlier in his address,
the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Ilorin Branch, Barrister
Manzuma Issa had challenged members of the state House of Assembly to
focus on legislation on the development of rural areas and job creation
across the state.
Issa observed that the strategic position of the legislature demands a closer relationship between the Assembly and the NBA.