Nigeria’s judiciary is better than legislature, executive – Former AGF, Agabi

Former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Dr Kanu Agabi
Former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Dr Kanu Agabi


A former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Dr Kanu Agabi, has said the Nigeria’s judiciary is better than the legislature and the executive, saying it is the best best arm of government in the country.

Agabi stated this in Abuja on Saturday, at a book launch titled “ Court and Politics” authored by Dr Umar Ardo, the former Special Adviser on Research and Strategy to former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.

“I wish to say that speaking for the judiciary, we have a good judiciary, our judges are competent, it doesn’t mean that every one of them is good, there may be one or two here and there who are failing.

“There’s no system that is perfect, but of the three arms of government, the best arm is the judiciary, the judiciary is better than the legislature. It is better than the executive.

“Had it not been for the judiciary, this country will long have disintegrated, it is true.I’ve been a lawyer for 51 years. I work in the courts. I’m not an arbitrator. I don’t work for banks. I don’t sell land.

“I work in the courts, and when I tell you that the courts have saved this nation, please believe it,” he said.

Agabi said that Nigerian judges should not be blamed for the inconsistencies in judgments, saying that the laws should be blamed rather.
The retired justice who recalled that he was one of the lawyers that worked for one of parties in one of the 11 cases Ardo mentioned in his book, commended the courage and perseverance of the author.

He said that justice was according to law, not at random.

“I give you a typical example in election matters. The grounds must be consistent. If the grounds are inconsistent with one another or inconsistent with the relief, such a petition will fail.

“I did the petition recently where the grounds were inconsistent with one another and inconsistent with the reliefs.

“And Court of Appeal said, well, such a petition is speculative and ought not to be held. That’s the law.
It’s not the fault of the judges, and it makes sense,” he said.

Agabi said the reason why the courts were congested was because people had filled a number of speculative and frivolous actions with the hope that they could manipulate the judges.

“Sometimes they tire the judges and succeed. More often than not, they fail.

“It is not because the judges are corrupt or because they’re incompetent. No, it’s the law. The law is set to be dynamic because of the lack of experience, we go on changing them,” Agabi said.


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