President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a swipe on the judiciary, saying its reputation has been negatively affected by judicial corruption and delays in justice delivery.
He made the statement in Abuja on Monday while delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2015 All Nigeria Judges’ Conference organised by the National Judicial Institute.
Buhari insisted that the judiciary must go the extra mile to sanitize itself and improve its capacity to act independently, courageously and timely.
“Further on point of negative perception, there is both local and international dissatisfaction with the long de- lays in the trial process. Delays in the trial process have damaged the international reputation of the Nigerian judiciary, even among its international peers”, Buhari observed.
Unfortunately, our justice system currently has a reputation for delays, usually occasioned by a combination of endless adjournments, incessant interlocutory applications and overwhelming caseloads”.
The President was represented by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.