By Goke Butika
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has urged the state branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to allow industrial peace in the state judiciary to prevail now that the parliament has resolved to interface among the stakeholders including bar and bench.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam acknowledged the issues raised in the letter addressed to the parliament by the leaders of the bar were matter for consideration, pledging the readiness of the Assembly to mediate among other branches of government in the state with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis.
Speaker salaam asserted that the parliament under his watch could not look away, while the state judiciary is grounded to a halt, pleading with association of lawyers to allow state courts open for work, while the procedural interface is in progress.
He stressed that, "it is imperative to have a functional judiciary in a democratic system, because democracy rests on the rule of law, and it is a travesty of democratic principles to have judiciary under lock; legislature would be shirking responsibility if we look other side, while the officers of the court are raising issues against the court".
Speaker Salaam then assured that all stakeholders-NBA, Chief Judge and Judicial Service Commission would be consulted in the enquiry that would be constituted to mediate on the administrative issues which led to the protestation of lawyers.
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker
State of Osun House of Assembly