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Judiciary urged on reforms, impartiality, inclusivity

President Bola Tinubu has urged the nation’s judiciary on reforming the sector including ensuring that it is impartial and inclusive.

The president, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, made the call on the judiciary at the opening of the National Summit on Justice, held on Wednesday in Abuja.

In attendance at the summit was Nigeria’s chief justice, Kayode Ariwoola.

Speaking in President Tinubu’s stead, Shettima told the summit that reforming the judiciary “would ensure a functional justice system that will support a rapidly growing economy, guarantee basic human and political rights of individuals as well as provide security and justice to all Nigerians.”

He equally “urged the judiciary to align its activities within the tenets of his administration’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’, particularly as they relate “to the priorities on inclusivity, fairness, rule of law, and anti-corruption stance, among other things”.

He said Tinubu’s administration had pledged to be impartial and to adhere to constitutional principles. He urged the judiciary to do the same.

Shettima added that Tinubu seeks from the summit decisions that would avail “institutions in the justice sector an opportunity to push boundaries, by identifying needed system changes”, allowing “Nigerians to reap the benefits of huge investments in the sector.”

 

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