President Muhammadu Buhari says the Executive Arm of the government will continue to respect the judiciary within the boundaries laid out in the Constitution.
The President stated this in Abuja at the Iftar (evening meal after breaking the Ramadan fast) dinner he hosted for the leadership of the nation’s judiciary.
The President said he had tremendous respect for the judiciary, adding that discipline and order in society can only be established when the law applies to all, irrespective of position or status, without fear or favor.
He told them that he had always tried to keep distance from them to avoid the perception of interference.
The President said he was satisfied with the painstaking adherence to due processes by the courts.
The Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, had attested to the President’s non-interference in judicial matters, stressing that in all his years in office, at no time did the President or any other person from him attempt to ask for favour from the courts.
The Chief Justice of the Federation said such a feat was a mark of maturity and sagacity, noting that a country blessed with such a crop of leaders will experience steady reformation of its citizens.
Justice Mohammed assured the President that Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges across the court system were doing their best in handling cases before them, saying that they are satisfied that they are discharging their responsibilities in accordance with the Constitution.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello, editing by Daniel Adejo