Kogi NBA chairman applauds Nigeria's judiciary in 14 years' democracy

The Chairman of Lokoja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Malam Mohammed Musa, said the judiciary flourished more in the last 14 years of democratic governance than during the military era.
Musa made the assertion in an interview on Wednesday in Lokoja on the achievements of the country in the last 14 years.
Musa said that the nation’s judiciary now had wider jurisdiction in cases bordering on the economy and politics with the adherence to the constitutional provisions for freedom of speech and the rule of law.
He added that the people now had the opportunity to express  their grievances and seek justice in court without any hindrance.
The NBA chairman, however, urged political leaders to stop attempts at influencing judicial officers, noting that interference from politicians and the traditional institution had affected dispensation of justice.
The legal practitioner noted that the spate of insecurity was taking the shine from the beauty of Nigeria’s democracy because the leaders had placed security on the front burner
He stressed the need for political leaders to be decisive on security of lives and property irrespective of its consequences to their political careers.
He added that the primary responsibility of government was the protection of the citizens’ lives and property.
According to him, the nation’s democracy is being threatened by the ongoing insurgency and terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, communal conflicts and social vices and that the ordinary Nigerians now bear the brunt of the collective failure of government.

“Democracy sometimes tends to promote injustice and where there is injustice, there will be insecurity. Justice is security,?? he said.

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