Financial Autonomy: Buhari Promises To Stabilise State Legislature, Judiciary
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration will ensure a strengthened and stabilised democratic system in Nigeria.
He made this known when the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary submitted a report on Tuesday.
According to a statement by Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari added that this government is making efforts to ensure autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary so citizens can be guaranteed fairness.
“I went through a terrible time getting here for the three times I contested elections. That’s why I want to stabilise the system so that others will not pass through the same experience.
“Both young and ordinary Nigerians depend on leadership to ensure justice is always done.”
He assured that the government will study the report and recommendations, and take an appropriate decision.
“We must ensure that trust is not compromised. This administration will take the report seriously,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Committee, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said that implementation of the recommendations will entrench constitutionalism, democratic principles, and separation of powers.
“The recommendations clearly spell out that if uniform modules for implementation of financial autonomy for the state legislature and state judiciary are approved for implementation across 36 states, it will no doubt strengthen Nigeria’s democratic principles, practices, and public governance.”
He said the committee consulted with state governors, Chief Judges of states, Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Civil Society Organizations and relevant stakeholders, including members of the public to come up with the recommendations.