The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, has met with some officials of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on how to mitigate the impact of the ongoing strike on the judiciary.
At the meeting, which held in the CJN’s office within the Supreme Court complex, Justice Muhammad appealed to the JUSUN members to call off the strike.
The CJN assured efforts would be intensified to ensure that state governments obey the Executive Order 10 and the various court judgements affirming financial autonomy of the judiciary.
Media aide to the CJN, Ahuraka Isah, in a statement, quoted Justice Muhammad as noting that: “The unintended sufferers of this strike are better imagined than seen.
“It has spiral effects, including our children, the Federal Judiciary which is a lesser culprit.
“Ordinarily, I would say let me talk to individual 36 state governors, which amount to asking for their favours. But, some of them would ask me to do ten favours in return.
“This is why, as a judge, I am prohibited from asking for favour,” he said.
According to Isah, JUSUN’s delegation to the meeting was led by the National Treasurer, Jimoh Musa.
The President of JUSUN, Marwan Adamu, was said to have been absent from the meeting on account of his involvement in an auto crash while travelling from Kano to attend the meeting in Abuja.
Isah stated Musa promised the CJN that his suggestions would be tabled before the JUSUN’s 19-members National Executive Council (NEC) before a decision is taken.
Musa, he added, said the delegation needed to report to JUSUN’s NEC because only three of the NEC members attended the meeting with the CJN.
He quoted Musa as saying: “We have to table the CJN’s fatherly advice before our NEC meeting and consequently get back to his lordship.”
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