Tinubu and the CJN bemoan the inadequacies of the Nigerian legal system and offer remedies

Apr 25, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

President Bola Tinubu and Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Olukayode Ariwoola have both highlighted the prevalent lack of access to justice in Nigeria during the National Summit on Justice’s opening ceremony in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mr. Ariwoola emphasized, “Access to justice remains a distant reality for far too many Nigerians,” citing procedural complexities and socioeconomic disparities as major barriers to justice in the country.

The two-day summit, organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association and the National Judicial Council, aims to address challenges within the justice sector.

The CJN stressed the vital role of justice in maintaining peace, asserting that it serves as the cornerstone of democracy.

Addressing the issue of case adjudication delays in Nigeria, Mr. Ariwoola advocated for justice to be accessible to all, regardless of their circumstances. He called for comprehensive reforms to ensure fairness and impartiality.

In proposing solutions, the CJN recommended constitutional, statutory, and operational reforms to modernize the justice sector, urging the National Assembly to enact legislation that reflects society’s evolving needs.

Represented by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, President Tinubu emphasized the government’s responsibility to deliver an efficient and effective justice system aligned with the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda,’ focusing on inclusivity, fairness, the rule of law, and anti-corruption efforts.

He called for a shift in focus towards outcomes. He demanded informed and coordinated responses to the challenges facing the justice sector to create a system that serves the needs of citizens now and in the future.

In a goodwill message, Senate President Godswill Akpabio urged participants to develop practical solutions to address the sector’s challenges, suggesting that interlocutory appeals in civil cases should be deferred until the substantive matter is determined.

The summit seeks to tackle the backlog of court dockets, which hinders the speedy dispensation of justice across all levels of the judiciary.

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