Governor Nyesom Wike decries Political Pressure on Judicial Workers.

Written by on October 26, 2021

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that judges are under political pressure to please some vested interests in the country.

Wike stated this at the 61st Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Conference in Port Harcourt, adding that no excellence can be achieved in the nation’s judicial system.

He asked Nigerian lawyers to engage in judicial activism while calling on everybody to work collectively towards building a strong legal system that is well-resourced, independent and effective in the administration of justice.

In his remarks, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad represented by Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili charged the NBA to lead the crusade to address the poor condition of service of national judicial officers.

Nigerian Bar Association President Olumide Akpata gave an insight into the theme of the Conference.

Also speaking, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, said it has been difficult to review the nation’s constitution in a manner that meets the current aspirations of Nigerians because of the poor quality of those saddled with such responsibility.

Bishop Kukah wondered about the usefulness of having 120,000 memberships on NBA list that cannot be harnessed to provide the leadership that is required to save the country from the quagmire of having a workable constitution for Nigeria.

Seun Fakorede

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