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Tinubu, SANs caution against vilification of judiciary

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The National Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Tinubu and the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) have cautioned against the undue vilification of the judiciary when people feel uncomfortable with its decisions.

Tinubu noted that the Judiciary, as an important pillar in the sustenance of democracy, must be respected and its image protected always.

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He advised that, having adopted democracy as a system of government, we must learn to abide by the rule of law and decisions of the Judiciary irrespective of our disposition to such decisions.

Also a leader of BOSAN, Chief Thompson Onomigbo Okpoko (SAN) frowned at the growing practice of undue criticism of the Judiciary over its decisions.

Tinubu and Okpoko spoke in Abuja on Monday at a valedictory court session held in honour of Justice Amiru Sanusi of the Supreme Court, who retired at age 70 on February 2, 2020.

Tinubu, who spoke with journalists while exiting the venue of the event, said the country’s adoption of democracy as a form of government “is an irrevocable commitment to the rule of law.

“Yes, some people are bound to succeed and some will fail (in court). Reasonableness and honesty; integrity and the character of the Judiciary have always been reflected in their judgments.

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“That is what we signed up to as a democratic nation. We should not tarnish the reputation of the Judiciary when its decision goes against us.

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