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  • News - North West - Kano
  • Updated: January 07, 2024

Group urges President Tinubu to remain neutral in Kano, Zamfara, other state guber election tussles

Group urges President Tinubu to remain neutral in Kano, Zamf

The Conference of Northern States Civil Society Networks on Saturday advised President Bola Tinubu to  remain neutral in the election cases of Kano, Zamfara and Plateau States currently before the Supreme Court.

There was widespread outrage against the controversial appeal court judgment that sacked Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano and Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang of Plateau States, as well as the order for a rerun in Zamfara State.

The Chairman of the group, Ibrahim Waiya, said any attempt to manipulate the Supreme Court judgment would pose a threat to the nation’s democracy.

He also advised the National Judicial Council  (NJC) to “adhere to the ethics and practice of their profession, in accordance with the law, as the custodian of justice and rule of rule”.

“The conflicting judgments being issued by various courts of the same jurisdiction have created a sense of confusion and frustration among the citizens.

”Unfortunately, this has led to a loss of trust and confidence in the judiciary.

“The integrity and effectiveness of our legal system are essential for maintaining public trust and upholding the rule of law.

“We believe that the Judicial Service Commission has the responsibility and authority to make the necessary reforms to restore faith in the judiciary.

“The dimension at which the security for lives and property of the Nigerian citizens is fast declining puts citizens into more fear, hopelessness and uncertainties.

“We acknowledge the efforts of some governors of Sokoto, Borno, Kaduna, Zamfara and Katsina for their resilience in curtailing the insecurities in their states".

The chairman urged the Federal Government to accord priority attention to security agencies for build-up of peace and progress.

However, according to Mr Waiya, ” the continuous killings of people, child trafficking, banditry, displacement of communities, kidnappings across the country, especially in some states of the North, are so unprecedented".

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