Governors Across Nigeria Drag President Muhammadu Buhari Yo The Supreme Court
Wakeupafrica360 correspondent in Nigeria reports that Governors in all the thirty-six state of the country have dragged the President, Muhammadu Buhari to the supreme court over his Presidential Executive Order No. 00-10 of 2020 signed in May, 2020. According to the Governors, the executive order signed by the president had pushed the Federal Government’s responsibility of funding both the capital and recurrent expenditures of the state high courts, sharia court of appeal and the customary court of appeal, to the State Governments. They argued that except paying the salaries of judicial officers of the above-mentioned courts, President Buhari had since May 5, 2019 abandoned his responsibility of funding the capital and recurrent expenditure of the respective courts. According to them, “Since the 5th of May 2009, the defendant had not funded the capital and recurrent expenditures of the state high courts, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal of the plaintiffs’ states, apart from paying only the salaries of the judicial officers of the said courts. The plaintiffs’ states have been solely responsible for funding the capital and recurrent expenditures of the state high courts, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal of the plaintiffs’ states, which the defendant has failed and/or refused to fund”.
On other news making the rounds at this hour, President Muhammadu Buhari has once more made known his commitment to fighting corruption in Nigeria explaining that if corruption is not fought, it will destroy the country. The president explained that his understanding of this fact is why his administration remains committed to fighting all forms of corruption in the country. He therefore called on all Nigerians to join him in the fight. He made this known on Monday while speaking at the second National Summit of the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Inauguration of the National Ethics And Integrity Policy to mark the Commission’s 20th Anniversary and Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary. He explained that the country must be corrupt-free if it wants to experience true development. In his words, “As a military Head of State, I fought corruption headlong and held public officers who abused their office or misused public funds to account. Furthermore, I introduced the War Against Indiscipline, one of whose cardinal objectives was promotion of our cherished culture of ethical conduct, integrity and hard work. I recognized in 1984 as I do even more now that corruption poses a clear danger to Nigeria, so, we cannot relent in efforts to eradicate it from our society. As I have often reminded Nigerians, ‘If we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. The fight against corruption can’t be won by only the executive arm of government and therefore called on all arms and levels of government to join hands in the fight against corruption. Together as a nation, as a people, the three arms and three tiers of government working together, we can attack corruption and realize the vast potentials of our country. We need a corruption-free public sector to achieve this transformation, we need a judicial system that dispenses justice without undue delay and technicality. We need laws and legal system to be reformed to deliver justice to every citizen without regard to status and finally we need ethical re-orientation of the people to achieve this goal. When we work together against corruption, we can defeat it.
The President also listed some of the policies put in place by his administration to fight corruption in the public sector, which he said are all in the best interest of Nigerians. He listed the Open Treasury initiative, Treasury Single Account, Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, Bank Verification Number, and others
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