Anti-Graft War Not Meant To Intimidate Judiciary - Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Judicial community that recent investigations involving some judicial staff was not aimed at intimidating the Judiciary.
He says any impression of intimidation portrayed in some sections of the media was not the right reason.
The President gave the assurance of his administration's commitment to upholding the principle of separation of power at the opening ceremony of the 2017 All Nigerian Judges conference held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.
President Buhari further maintained that the action was in no way a prelude to usurping the powers of the National Judicial Council.
"My lords, earlier this year the Judiciary came under investigation. Let me again assure the judicial community, this action taken by the Executive was in no way a prelude to usurping the powers of the National Judicial Council or aimed at intimidating the Judiciary as wrongly portrayed in some sections of the media. Executive and legislative officials were also investigated
"I am aware that the majority of judicial officers are learned and incorruptible and day in day out acting in the best spirit of their oath of office," he told the judges.
According to the president, his administration is commitment to according the Judiciary its constitutional rights.
The President commended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, for his recent decision to ask all judges at lower courts to provide him with a comprehensive list of all corruption and financial crimes in order to designate special courts to handle them.
"I support your action and the public is awaiting the results of this initiative," he said.
The need for fairness, impartiality and speed in the administration of justice by the judiciary was one thing that the President emphasised, assuring the judiciary of the readiness of his administration to continue to address problems besetting the Judiciary including under-funding, inadequate personnel and absence of modern technological aids.
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According to him, the Federal Government has increased allocation to the Judiciary from 70 billion Naira to 100 billion Naira in the 2017 budget.
A similar figure has also been proposed for 2018.
In his remarks, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, told the president that the conference was intended to serve as a forum to give judges the opportunity to come together every two years to discuss common problems and exchange ideas and experiences for the enrichment of the nation’s judicial system.