Buhari Advocates Legislative And Judicial – Deepen Democracy
The President Muhammadu Buhari advocates Legislative and Judicial – deepen democracy. He advocated this yesterday in Abuja on the efforts to guarantee the autonomy of state legislatures and judiciary, that would further strengthen democracy, and ensure fairness for ordinary Nigerians.
Presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the president made the remarks while receiving the report of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary in the State House, Abuja.
According to the statement, the president who promised to study both the report and its recommendations, added that Nigerians wanted justice from their leaders and hence, trust must not be compromised.
“I went through a terrible time getting here for the three times I contested elections. That’s why I want to stabilise the system so that others will not pass through the same experience.
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“Both young and ordinary Nigerians depend on leadership to ensure justice is always done. So we must ensure that trust is not compromised. This administration will take the report seriously,’’ he said.
According to the statement, the Chairman of the Committee and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, said implementation of the recommendations would entrench constitutionalism, democratic principles and separation of powers.
It also said Malami added that the committee had observed that most states honoured the constitutional provisions for financial autonomy in the breach, than in observance, noting that the legislature and judiciary remain the last hope of the common man and should be given autonomy.
Adesina recalled that the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary was inaugurated by Buhari on March 22, 2019, to fashion out strategies and modalities for implementation of the financial autonomy of the state legislature and state judiciary in compliance with Section 121 (3) of the 1999 constitution (As Amended).
Answering questions from journalists later, Malami who said the committee submitted its interim report to the president, said among others, the committee recommended the issuance of an Executive Order to compel the effectiveness of local government autonomy.