JUSUN workers are right, govs should obey constitution – lawyer
As the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, continues its strike action for judicial autonomy, an Onitsha – based legal practitioner, Barr. Hunphery Udechukwu, Monday urged the 36 states governors to obey the 1999 constitution that stated that there should be judicial autonomy.
Fielding questions from newsmen, he reiterated that, “it is a constitutional matter; anything that has to do with constitution is not necessary to be toyed with.”
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“Any nation that plays with its constitution will be in trouble. I think what JUSUN is doing is right. It is not something we should joke with. There is no nation where judiciary will depend on governors.”
In buttressing his claim he cited so many government cases that are before some judges, stating that if such cases were to go against the state government, such government would not take it lightly.
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His words, “there are so many government cases/matters before some other high court judges. How do you expect these judges to stand on their feet? The constitution has made them independent, though they are not. In a situation where you give judgment against the
state government, I don’t think that state government will take it lightly.”
“So the governors should do the needful. They should obey the constitution. It is like a Christian playing with the Bible or a Muslim playing with Koran.”
By Phil Okose, Onitsha