President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday reiterated his respect for the country’s judiciary, saying he is willing to abide by their decisions at all times. The president has been dragged to the tribunal by the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar over the just concluded presidential election.
Speaking at an Iftar dinner with the representatives of the judiciary yesterday at his official residence, Buhari said he believed the judiciary should be independent. He recalled how he submitted himself to the adjudication of the courts three times on his way to becoming President without any fuss.
“I respect the institution. I have come before you three times before I got here on the fourth run for the office. Your word is the last word on any given issue,” he said. He praised the capabilities of Nigerian judges, saying that “your training and experience has earned you respect.”
In his remarks in appreciation of the Ramadan fast-breaking, the Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, leading retired Chief Justices, some Justices of the Supreme Court and heads of courts in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT said the nation that judiciary will continue to do its best in safeguarding the country’s democracy. He praised President Buhari for not meddling in the affairs of the courts in the country.