The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad has admitted there was a rift amongst Justices of the Supreme Court over the deteriorating financial state in the apex court.
Justice Muhammad on Tuesday confirmed the receipt of a letter written and addressed to him by his brother Justices of the Supreme Court Bench.
The CJN disclosed that Judges in all climes are to be seen and not heard, and that informed why the he refrained from joining issues with the angry Justices “until a letter, said to be personal, is spreading across the length and breadth of the society”.
“This was akin to dancing naked at the market square by us with the ripple effect of the said letter” the CJN added.
However, Justice Muhammad urged “general public should be rest assured that there’s no hostility or adverse feelings amongst the Justices of the Supreme Court, as everyone is going about his normal duty”.
In a statement titled, “Re: State Of Affairs In The Supreme Court And Demand By Justices Of The Supreme Court” the CJN took time to explain the state of affairs at the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court definitely does not exist outside its environment; it is also affected by the economic and socio-political climate prevailing in the country.
“The accusation so far, in summary is that more or all ought to have been done and not that nothing has been done; which is utopian in the contemporary condition of our country” he maintained.
According to the CJN, within the three years the aggrieved Justices mentioned “came the COVID-19 pandemic and the judiciary workers’ strike.
In a bid to address the issues raised by the angry Justices, Media aide to the CJN, Ahuraka Isah, hinted that the CJN held a meeting with the Supreme Court Justices last Thursday and another one is due to hold this week.
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