The Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN has said it is difficult for the judiciary to be impartial and objective in a democracy as long as it remains financially tied to the executive.
Justice Tanko Muhammad made this known at the 2021 biannual all Nigeria judges Conference of the superior courts in Abuja.
Addressing the Judges, the Chief Judge of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad, says that the Nigerian judiciary is the most overburdened, harassed, and stretched with political cases and disputation among judiciaries in the commonwealth.
He, however, assured that this would not deter them from rising to the challenge and restoring public confidence in the judicial system by resisting the tendency to issue incessant ex-parte orders.
He said the importance of the role is evident in the provision of Section 6 of the Constitution, 1999 (as amended), which clothes the judiciary with its broad constitutional powers.
He also stressed that there is a need for financial autonomy upon which the impartiality of the judiciary is anchored.
The Conference was declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the event
The theme of this year’s conference is “Promoting Judicial excellence in the administration of Justice”.