Nigeria’s Judiciary is my main headache in corruption war – Buhari

FILE PHOTO: The moment the Nyakos arrived the court
FILE PHOTO: The moment the Nyakos arrived the court

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria could be effectively tackled with the strong support of the judiciary.

A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Mr. Buhari stated this while speaking at a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in Ethiopia.

The president said that far-reaching reforms of the judiciary remained a key priority for his administration.

“On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now.

“If you reflect on what I went through for twelve years when I wanted to be the president, I attempted three times.

“At the fourth attempt, through God and the use of technology, it was possible for Nigerians to elect an APC candidate as president.

“In my first attempt in 2003, I ended up at the Supreme Court and for 13 months I was in court.

“The second attempt in 2007, I was in court close to 20 months, and in 2011, my third attempt, I was also in court for nine months.

“All these cases went up to the Supreme Court until the fourth time in 2015, when God agreed that I will be President of Nigeria,’’ he said.

Buhari assured members of the Nigerian community in Ethiopia that with the support of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, he would continue to do his best to improve the nation’s judicial administration system.

On urban development and infrastructure, he announced that the Federal Government had ordered a review of several railway transport projects signed by the previous administration with the Chinese government.

“The Chinese government was very generous to Nigeria on the projects signed with the previous government because they agreed to pay 85 per cent of the project.

“But, the Nigerian government was unable to meet up with its counterpart funding of 15 per cent, so the Chinese government was unable to make any impact on the project,’’ he said.

The president said he had directed the Ministers of Transportation, Finance, and Power, Works and Housing, to revisit the agreements and explore ways of re-approaching the Chinese government for assistance.

He added that the Chinese government had indicated interest to assist Nigeria on project financing through its Export-Import Bank.

On the proposed N6.07 trillion 2016 budget before the National Assembly, the president said that for the first time in Nigeria, the budget would be largely financed from non-oil revenue.

He identified the collapse of the international oil market and oil theft in the Niger Delta as main reasons for projecting more revenues to fund the budget from the non-oil sector.

He said that theft of oil by some Nigerians who felt that the oil belonged to them was irritating to ‘’those of us who participated in the civil war for 30 months in which at least two million Nigerians were killed.’’

Buhari explained that the proposed budget would focus on increasing efficiency and transparency in government operations and the blocking of leakages from revenue generating agencies.

He added that the recovered asset of the country would also be used to reduce the budget deficit.

(NAN)

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  • Bara

    We all know… Buhari please do something about it

    • aisha ani

      Time to plant moles in the courts, in the US we have shoppers who go around to see what employees are doing. We can do the same, in this case it will be attorneys or reporters. @premiumtimesng, our hope for the future.

      • Kickboxer

        yesooo…thereafter w go after their children, extended family, and village….haaa…most of you members of “technically intelligentsia” minions deserve flogging because the level of MUMU they display…consider Somali or Maiduguri and move there….that is where you belong

  • Kickboxer

    haaa…this brainless Buhari is, well, brainless! So now the brainless incompetent Buhari wants his own ‘Judiciary.’ Suddenly on arm of govt is not liked. As the saying goes a bad incompetent workman quarrels with his tools.

    Of course all those moe than 100 Nigerians killed in the north today are “technically” alive because they could not have been dead if their deaths were caused by already “technically” defeated Boko Haram…….

    can someone tell me how else could a nation’s worst enemies could punish a country other than imposing a guy like BRAINLESS BUHARI.?

    ooh Lord,…..where is the Catholic Church….we really urgently need another round of PRAYERS for Nigeria because we can’t take this till 2019!!!

    • Buhari4Ever

      You are a useless, worthless and cursed human being.

      • Paul Ohuche

        PMB will do his best to salvage Nigeria.Unfortunately some of the bloggers are sponsored by corrupt politicians.

      • Kickboxer

        why now? Because I am against brainless Buhari bamboozling you with his incompetence? How can a reasonable executive blame the entire judiciary for his inability to follow the Constitution? Did the judiciary write the Constitution? Brainless Buhari is, well, brainless. Get that into your empty blockhead.

        Most of you members of “technically intelligentsia” minions deserve jail times for your level of MUMU. Son of two mumus!!

    • TrueNja

      I now understand why Economist call GED Buffoon

    • Burbank

      Ever heard what happend to the judges in Ghana? brainless.

  • Rollingdollar

    Buhari is still reeling from that Supreme Court verdict on Rivers State election. But here is the deal, you can’t do NOTHING about it or you get your fingers burnt.

    • Iskacountryman

      oily burn..

    • Burbank

      Did the supreme court nullifies Buhari’s election as federal president?

  • яεsιsτεя

    The Court is usually the main irritant to any one who seeks absolute, or despotic powers, or an authoritarian.

    Also, Buhari admits civil war was fought for the oil.
    That should be the headline.

    I think something has been found in Bornu, some natural resource, that’s why we have the killings there too.

    • Iskacountryman

      is that so?

  • Dr Pat KOlawole Awosan

    President Muhammadu Buhari,could have focus his anti-corruption war on Nigeria judiciary to cleans the judiciary of those corrupt-ridden judges and justices who are fond of receiving huge bribes to render favourable judgement in the discharge of their statutory duties.Part of the endemic corruption led to the supreme court justices,s recent validation of the Rivers State PDP-governor Nyesom Wike,s well known massively rigged election with Nyesom Wike claim of 1-400m votes in a Rivers State with the verified registered voters of 294,000 voters and killing and burning of innocent citizens of Rivers State.
    Nigeria judiciary should first be the main focus of president Buhari,s anti-corruption fight and restructuring of Nigeria institutions.

    • Iskacountryman

      idiot…the judiciary is an independent arm of government…

      • яεsιsτεя

        Exactly.
        It’s actually corruption for Buhari to make contact with the chief justice, secretly. This chief justice should henceforth, recuse himself from any proceedings in which the government, or Buhari has an interest, or litigant, and/or party.

        • Burbank

          So all conversation between the chief judge and the president must be broadcast “live” on NTA.

      • aisha ani

        They may be independent but they must be made accountable, it is time for the CJN to go. Mr President needs to set up a committee or set up some kind of “watch dog” agency to start reviewing cases with questionable outcomes. All these judges are employees and every employee must have an annual evaluation, if they are are not performing they should let them go. Better yet let the judges go thru an election process.

        • Iskacountryman

          my dear child…the constitution does not grant him such powers…

          • Burbank

            So a judge that kills your family member CANNOT be prosecuted?

          • Iskacountryman

            nope…if his execution is ordered according to law…

          • Burbank

            You said it!
            Thanks

          • Iskacountryman

            executions are always ordered according to law…

          • Burbank

            And if it is not?

          • Iskacountryman

            then the victim must be eboe …and so lawful…

          • Burbank

            Caught you, racist bigot!

          • Iskacountryman

            eboe is not a race….

          • Burbank

            sure

          • Burbank

            still caught!

      • Burbank

        If a judge kills your family member, is the judge still immune from police action?

      • SAM .A

        Not independent when is breaming with corruption. Time for precise surgical operation.

  • favourtalk

    Buhari is wise man, he knows quite well about the wickedness and bad judgment going on in the judiciary and he is working to fix it, nobody can fight corruption without tackling the menace PDP left in the judiciary, all the best to the best president Nigeria has ever had

    • Iskacountryman

      idiot…buhari cannot fix the judiciary…

      • Burbank

        idiot…buhari can fix Nigeria including the judiciary…

        • Iskacountryman

          do you have a copy of the constitution?

          • Burbank

            Do the constitution said that if a judge kills your family member, the judge immune from criminal action?

          • Iskacountryman

            yes, if the judge ordered his execution as a performance of his duties…

          • eddy

            That is a silly response.

          • Iskacountryman

            are you going to make me clever by cursing me?

          • eddy

            And how is what I said an insult?

          • Iskacountryman

            i didnt call it an insult…but a curse…

          • eddy

            So how is that a curse?

          • Shugaba Nkasa

            We doubt he has that kind of power. God made you like you are and no one should try to change you by making you clever. Rejoice in your imbecility.

          • Iskacountryman

            thank you…remain blessed…

          • whales1212

            Lmao

          • Peter_Edo

            hahahahahahaha

          • Burbank

            and if the murder is not “as a performance of his duty”?

          • Iskacountryman

            meaning?

          • Burbank

            meant

  • Iskacountryman

    dear mister buhari…it is the executive arm that does not understand prosecution…how many criminal cases have your attorney general ever handled in his entire career?…

    • Burbank

      At least one is already caged – Nnamdi Kanu

      • Iskacountryman

        good news…but not convicted…

        • Burbank

          how many are convicted in Guantanamo?

  • Nigeria4u

    Buhari likes giving excuses or lies like liar Mohamed, resign if you can not fix corruption, economy security, you do not even have respect for rule of law that is why you think the judiciary is your enemy, simply because you do not know the meaning of democracy and rule of law, your advisers are only after what they can get from you, they can not tell you the bitter truths

    • Burbank

      “they can not tell you the bitter truths”

      And Jonathan told you that everything is okay!

  • Burbank

    May Buhari tackled corruption head on, even with the corrupt judiciary as a major stumbling block.
    Nigeria has voted Buhari as president and he must rescue Nigeria from 16 years of catastrophic misrule and rampant plunder.
    Sai Buhari

  • Isi Agwo

    This is where Nigeria’s judiciary failed: not jailing certificate forger Bokohari, who has been a serial perjurer since 1962 – swearing to false affidavits claiming to have a WASC with which he has used as bases to rule Nigeria twice. The judiciary also failed to jail Bokohari over his using his brother-in-law as solely responsible for the award of all projects as well as serving as chief financial officer of PTF (Party Time for Fulanis).

  • interrogator2016

    @disqus_WOPCiEQCRu:disqus

    WHY SHOULD BUHARI HAVE A HEADACHE seven months after he appointed seven [7] key advisers
    on anti-corruption? It was either job for the boys or the advisers he appointed are worse than useless
    How can seven advisers who’ve drawn six monthly salaries so far leave Buhari with a headache today?

    Seven [7] months after, Buhari’s anti-corruption war still can’t get off the ground for lack of knowledge,
    and despite Buhari spending millions of Naira – almost a waste – on the following supposed advisers –
    hired since June with fancy titles as anti-corruption Advisers to conceive a proper anti-corruption war.

    • Professor Itse Sagay (Chairman)
    • Professor Femi Odekunle
    • Dr. (Mrs) Benedicta Daudu
    • Prof. E. Alemika
    • Professor Sadiq Radda
    • Hadiza Bala Usman
    • Professor Bolaji Owasanoye

    • Burbank

      and 16 years of PDP rule make Nigeria a Dubai today!

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Rivers State government yesterday called on the Minister for Transport, Mr Chibuike Amaechi to account for about N3 trillion received throughout his eight years tenure as the governor of the State.

    The State Commissioner for Information, Dr Tam George told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the State was still reeling from “the catastrophic legacy of the former governor” despite receiving over three trillion naira in revenue in 8 years.

    “Amaechi left the most abandoned projects in the history of Rivers State since 1997. Thousands of workers were without their salaries for four months and thousands of teachers were not paid for nearly 12 months. We have so many abandoned projects which huge sums have been paid but projects are yet to be completed. We have the Mono-rail project that gulped over N60bn and it was abandoned. We have the Woji road project awarded at N3bn. There was a variation of the project to the upward of N14bn but it was abandoned. We inherited the project and completed it. There are so many of the abandoned projects. We have the Karibi George 250 bed project where huge sums of money were paid but no single block was laid at the site” he said.

    He said that the State would deploy every legitimate means to compel those that looted the State to face the full wrath of law.

    • Burbank

      “He said that the State would deploy every legitimate means to compel those that looted the State to face the full wrath of law.”

      And GEJ did NOTHING as federal president for 6 years!

  • яεsιsτεя

    Guys, read the article again, towards the end Buhari CONFIRMS THAT THE CIVIL WAR WAS FOUGHT BY NIGERIA AGAINST BIAFRA BECAUSE OF OIL, FOR 30 MONTHS, AND BUHARI FEELS ‘IRRITATED’ THAT ANY ONE IN THE SS CAN CLAIM THE OIL AS THEIRS AFTER HE FOUGHT THE WAR!!

    What a REVELATION!

    EXTRA, EXTRA. ..READ ALL ABOUT IT.

    Right now, I believe there is something discovered under the ground in Bornu state that is causing the killings there, such as oil or resource. …

    BUHARI’S BUDGET FEATURES A HUGE AMOUNT FOR EXPLORATION THERE, OR UP NORTH.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Is the Judiciary an arm of the executive? Does this sod want to seize control of, and dictate to, the Judiciary? Did this clown win elections at anytime? Is it not the same Judiciary that tactically refused to pronounce judgement on this oaf’s ineligibility to contest the last presidential election? these are patently senseless postulations by senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer MuhamMADu (alias Customs and Exercise, French Franc, Deutch Mark and President Michelle of Western Germany).Buhari

    • EDMOND

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

      Nigeria has the most DAFT and CORRUPT trial courts in the world

      The Judiciary in Nigeria is seen as looking more like criminal accomplices than as courts of justice. This must not
      be allowed to continue. All corrupt Judges must be sacked under emergency laws. A country where a former Chief Justice now ferries bribes to serving Judges is a notorious country. Pending cases of moneylaundeting involving ALEX OKOH, WALE BABALAKIN, FEMI FANI-KAYODE must be pursued to the Supreme Court for justice.

      The world is laughing at our so-called judiciary. The principal character – James Ibori – has confessed his sins
      at the British Royal Court and has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in London. But in Nigeria, Ibori’s
      accomplices; namely, Wale Babalakin and Alex Okoh, – who allegedly assisted to procure bogus legal papers
      and used New Nigerian Bank facility to transfer the same Ibori’s loot – are still walking free.

      What sort of country is this? What kind of JUDICIARY is that? This useless NIGERIAN judiciary will stoke partition
      of Nigeria quicker than MASSOB – which declared two days ago that BIAFRA has become obligatory as a new country for the Igbo because there’s no sense or institution of justice in Nigeria as shambolically constituted.
      Who can fault that argument now?

  • SAM .A

    Judiciary needs an urgent surgical operation, Professor Osinbajo ,the VP as professor of law can guide you , to be able to kill corruption and not corruption killing Nigeria , you have to weed out corrupt Judges without mercy , arraign them in court prosecute them in the full glare of TV. then your fight against corruption will then start fully. This has been the institution that perpetuate corruption . You would remember Sir , Late Yar Adua said he didn’t win when you challenge his election . It is this decadent and corrupt Judiciary that awarded him victory true the back door . They deserve no sympathy . Separation of power doesn’t mean putting compromised & corrupt judges on the bench.