Muhammadu Buhari has accused the governors of inflicting so much pain on the country as a result of the strike of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
The state judiciary had embarked on a 64-day strike due to the refusal of governors to implement autonomy.
President Muhammadu Buhari had signed Executive Order 10 for the enforcement of the judiciary’s autonomy last year, but the 36 governors vetoed it.
During his address to the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) at the State House, Abuja, on Friday, the president talked about his commitment to devolving power to the people.
My belief in devolving power to the people remains unwavering, and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to the state legislature and judiciary. Sadly, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to more than two months of strike action at a high cost to the country.
“Fortunately, the National Assembly has almost finished the amendment to the constitution that will hopefully address some of the burning issues on our people’s minds.”
Additionally, he expressed regret over the strike’s security implications.
In his words, “Fortunately, the strike has been called off and prosecution of some of the insurgents (those behind the insecurity) will soon begin, while our security agencies expand their network to close in on the others.”
NIREC was led by Co-Chairs, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle.