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Nigerian judiciary entangled in politics – Bishop Kukah

The Archbishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese and a member of the Justice Uwais Electoral Reform panel, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, said the Nigerian judiciary is…

The Archbishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese and a member of the Justice Uwais Electoral Reform panel, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, said the Nigerian judiciary is entangled in politics.

He stated this at the 8th House of Justice Summit held in Kaduna at the weekend with the theme: ‘Electoral Accountability and Democratic Stability’.

Bishop Kukah called on the judiciary to redeem its image by dispensing justice without fear or favour.

“Elections will always give us what I call unintended consequences but it is also important to understand that a contest is always a contest and you use the experience of this to prepare for the next contest,” he said.

He however said that Nigerians should not lose hope, stating that the best is still to come. Rather than worrying about the next generation, he argued that Nigerians should be focused on the present, adding that every generation will confront its own problems.

Senator Shehu Sani who represented Kaduna in the 8th National Assembly called on President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to immediately initiate an electoral reform programme that will correct the mistakes that have been made and also chart ways forward for the country.

Also speaking, a former Military Governor of Rivers State, General Zamani Lekwot (rtd) said there can never be democratic stability without equity, justice, and respect for the votes of the people.

“Politics is like all other games, guided by rules. We have the democratic instability problem because of the gross abuse of the rules by some of the key actors, especially the elites,” he said.

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