The Nigerian Senate has asked governors of the 36 states to implement full autonomy for the judiciary, calling the directive “non-negotiable”.
Opeyemi Bamidele, chairman of the Senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters, made the demand while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
Recall that the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) embarked on a protest on Monday to express dissatisfaction with the government’s failure to implement autonomy for the judiciary.
Now, Bamidele has said that an independent judiciary is needed for true democracy in Nigeria, and called for state governors to “do the needful”.
“Nobody stands to lose anything by granting independence to judiciary at the state level since it has been done at the national level.
“We are hereby calling on the state governors to do the needful because the independence of the judiciary is non-negotiable,” he said.
Bamidele also opined that the country’s democracy currently hangs in the balance, as “no democracy can survive without being founded on the rule of law and independent judiciary.”