A former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili has argued that anyone who cares about Nigeria should not permit politicians to desecrate the nation’s judiciary anymore.
Ezekwesili called on Nigerians not to allow politicians to destroy the judiciary without a fight.
The former Minister gave the admonition on Monday in a post on her social media platform, X.
Ezekwesili’s statement is coming on the heels of the commencement of the hearing of appeals filed in the Supreme Court by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, seeking to unseat President Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Atiku, Obi, and the APM filed separate appeals at the apex court seeking to nullify the outcome of the February 25 presidential election after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal upheld Tinubu’s victory.
However, Ezekwesili was of the view that the integrity and independence of a country’s judiciary goes deeper than many think.
She wrote, “The integrity and independence of a country’s judiciary goes deeper than many think.
“It is in fact everything in a constitutional democracy and so we must not allow politicians to destroy our judiciary without a fight.
“Take the matter of economic prosperity.
It is impossible for a people to prosper without attracting investments into their economy.
“Do you know that Board rooms of investors everywhere place Judicial Independence and Integrity at the top of what persuades them to invest in one country and not the other?
“Anyone who cares about Nigeria must not permit politicians to desecrate our judiciary anymore.
“Even more, the judiciary itself – justices, judges, magistrates, etc – must care enough about Nigeria and her citizens, to fight off encroachment of their independence, no matter the cost or benefit to self.”