Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has never intervened in court proceedings.
“In all your years in office, Mr. President, or any other member of your administration, never attempted to talk to or solicit favors from the judges.”
“We can recollect no such attempt by you or anyone on your behalf to tamper with judicial judgments,” he said late Thursday.
The CJN addressed at the Aso Villa during an Iftar dinner hosted for the nation’s judiciary’s leadership.
The Justice stated that he is sure that the non-interference extends to ministries and other government agencies.
Mohammed emphasized that the Supreme Court Justices and Judges throughout the court system were trying their utmost to handle cases.
He went on to say that no case is overly delayed, and that all are delivered within the timeframes specified by the constitution.
Buhari stated in his remark that the administration would continue to respect the judiciary within the parameters set down in the constitution in order to strengthen democracy.
The President expressed his admiration for the military, emphasizing that order and discipline in society can be built only when the law applies to everybody.
“I try to preserve my distance from you in order to avoid the perception of interference,” he explained to the audience.
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