By Milcah Tanimu
During a dinner in Abakaliki, Governor Nwifuru asserted the importance of equality in the three branches of government. He highlighted the need for the legislature and judiciary to have access to the same official paraphernalia as the executive arm for the sake of overall peace, harmony, growth, and development.
Governor Nwifuru, who previously served as the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, emphasized the significant role played by the legislature and judiciary in delivering democracy’s dividends to the people. He acknowledged the challenges faced by judges who risk their lives when sentencing convicted criminals, particularly those affiliated with politicians.
Expressing his commitment to the judiciary’s safety, Nwifuru acknowledged that judges face risks even after criminals, sentenced by them, regain freedom through prerogative of mercy.
While noting that his administration has not fully achieved its aspirations for the state judiciary, Nwifuru pledged to make Ebonyi a place where people from other regions would come to learn before the end of his tenure.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, thanked Governor Nwifuru for hosting him and attorneys-general from the South East zone. He commended the governor’s passion for duty and efficiency, pledging the ministry’s commitment to implementing federal government policies aimed at reforming the nation’s judiciary.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ebonyi, Mr. Ben Odoh, expressed the state’s happiness in receiving the minister and other state attorneys-general.