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Legal Luminary Commends President Tinubu for Upholding Judicial Independence

Barrister Alkassim Commends Presidential Restraint, Heralds New Era in Nigerian Democracy

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

In a remarkable affirmation of the independence of the judiciary, Barrister Mohammed Alkassim, a distinguished lawyer from Bauchi, has extolled President Bola Tinubu for his exemplary non-interference in the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on the 2023 General Election Results. This commendation, made during an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, underscores a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s democratic journey.

Alkassim’s laudation of President Tinubu’s restraint reflects a broader appreciation for the President’s adherence to democratic principles and the rule of law. “The President’s maturity and strong character in respecting the Supreme Court’s autonomy is commendable,” Alkassim stated. He emphasized that such a stance by the nation’s leader not only respects the judiciary’s role but also fortifies the pillars of democracy in Nigeria.

The Supreme Court, as Nigeria’s highest judicial authority and final arbiter, has a crucial role in shaping the nation’s legal landscape. Its recent judgments have not only concluded the electoral disputes but have also infused a new sense of hope among Nigerians. According to Alkassim, these decisions are pivotal in elevating Nigeria’s stature in its judicial endeavors and in fostering a belief in a stronger and more equitable nation.

Delving into the constitutional underpinnings, Barrister Alkassim pointed out that the judiciary, under Section 6 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution, is vested with significant powers at both federal and state levels. This empowerment is essential for the protection and promotion of democracy through sound and impartial judgments. He believes that the judiciary’s responsibility extends beyond mere interpretation of laws to setting robust judicial precedents and ensuring that the legal framework functions as intended.

Furthermore, Alkassim highlighted the significance of Section 39 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and the right to receive impartial information without interference. This provision, he argues, is fundamental in maintaining a balanced and fair judicial system, ensuring that every judgment, including those of the Supreme Court, is grounded in objectivity and legal soundness.

The lawyer also expressed hope that the Supreme Court’s judgment would enhance Nigeria’s international reputation in legal adjudication. The ruling is seen not just as a domestic triumph but as a statement to the global community about Nigeria’s commitment to judicial integrity and democratic norms.

In a broader context, this development resonates with other significant national events and initiatives. From the remembrance of fallen heroes to the substantial investments in projects by the Surveyor General and the ongoing efforts to address critical issues such as terrorism, public university funding, and advocacy for education, Nigeria is witnessing a transformative period in its history.

As the nation continues to navigate through these pivotal times, the role of the judiciary and the respect for its independence become ever more critical. President Tinubu’s non-interference in the Supreme Court’s decisions is a testament to this respect and a beacon of hope for the continued strengthening of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.

The Sun Nigeria, stationed in Lagos, continues to provide comprehensive coverage of national events, ensuring that the voices and opinions across the spectrum are heard and represented. From political updates to business insights, sports, and entertainment, the newspaper remains a pivotal source of information for Nigerians worldwide.

In conclusion, Barrister Alkassim’s remarks not only reflect a recognition of the President’s respect for judicial independence but also serve as a reminder of the ongoing journey towards a more robust and equitable democracy in Nigeria. As the nation looks forward to its future, the principles of judicial autonomy and respect for the rule of law will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping its destiny.

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