Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has passionately called on Nigerians not to allow politicians to destroy the integrity of the nation’s judiciary any further.
She made this call on her social media platform, X, on Monday.
Her statement comes in light of the ongoing Supreme Court appeals by Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi of Labour Party, and the APM, who are seeking to challenge President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 general election.
Ezekwesili underscores the significance of a country’s judiciary’s integrity and independence in a constitutional democracy, stating that it is paramount.
She also points out that judicial independence and integrity are pivotal factors for attracting investments into a country’s economy. And urges those who care about Nigeria not to permit politicians to compromise the judiciary’s integrity and stresses that the judiciary itself, including justices, judges, and magistrates, must be willing to defend their independence, regardless of the personal costs or benefits.
Her post read: “The integrity and independence of a country’s judiciary goes deeper than many think. It is in fact everything in a constitutional democracy and so we must not allow politicians to destroy our judiciary without a fight.
“Take the matter of economic prosperity.
It is impossible for a people to prosper without attracting investments into their economy.
“Do you know that Board rooms of investors everywhere place Judicial Independence and Integrity at the top of what persuades them to invest in one country and not the other?
“Anyone who cares about Nigeria must not permit politicians to desecrate our judiciary anymore. Even more, the judiciary itself – justices, judges, magistrates, etc – must care enough about Nigeria and her citizens, to fight off encroachment of their independence, no matter the cost or benefit to self.”
Tinubu was declared winner of the presidential election, but Atiku and Obi believed they were robbed, and are seeking the apex court to nullify the results.