The Federal Government has been urged to evolve a robust blueprint on legal reform that will add more value to effective judicial system in the country.
A former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Professor Wahab Egbewole, stated this in his lecture at the maiden edition of Yusuf Ola-Olu Ali Media Round-Table organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zone D, North Central held at NUJ Press Centre in Ilorin yesterday.
The don posited that without any law reform on the table, the present approach that appears to be compromising the laid-down procedure on criminal justice system will be counterproductive, adding that it would serve as a recipe for anarchy and a potent danger to our democracy.
He called for true independence of the judiciary for the members of the bench to perform their duties without fear or favour.
Entitled: “Repositioning the Nigeria’s Judicial System for Sustainable Democratic Culture and Fundamental Human Rights,” the don in his lecture challenged the judiciary to be fearless and forthright in its stance and assert its independence by upholding the human rights of all, not minding whose ox is gored.
The legal luminary submitted that the judiciary should not be singled out of the systemic rot rather holistic approach should be made at repositioning the democratic system.
“The judiciary should take the bull by the horn, be forthright in its stance and assert its independence by upholding the human rights of all suspects before it, irrespective of who is involved,” he said.
Speaking on the level of development recorded in Nigeria right since 1960, the Professor of Jurisprudence argued that colonialism should not be blamed for the country’s failure at this stage, saying, “They (colonial masters) have gone for good.”