Worried by the damage done to the administration of justice by the recently suspended strike embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Bolaji Ayorinde has urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad to suspend the 2021 annual court vacation.
Ayorinde in a letter addressed to the CJN and the National Judicial Council (NJC) stated that the suspension is necessary in the interest of those who are languishing in detention and awaiting trial. The senior lawyer maintained that many cases have suffered inordinate delay due to #EndSARS protests, Covid-19 pandemic and the recently suspended strike embarked upon by JUSUN.
Copies of the letter, dated June 15, 2021, were sent to the President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, the President of the National Industrial Court, and Chief Judges of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The letter acknowledged that judges are hardworking and patriotic Nigerians and as such, there is a need for the judiciary to make a bold statement to rekindle the hope of the common man, as well as, renew investors’ confidence in Nigeria as an investment destination.