JUSUN Embarks on Nationwide Peaceful Protest
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has on Monday April 19th, 2021 kick-started its nationwide protest over their longstanding demand for the financial independence of the third arm of government as stipulated in the constitution.
JUSUN had shut down all courts in the country, including the Supreme Court on April 6, in order to protest the refusal of governors to comply with the constitutional provisions for financial autonomy of the Judiciary.
As a result of failure of talks with the governors, JUSUN had on Friday issued a threat to stage peaceful protests in the 36 states and Abuja.
The National Treasurer of the union, Comrade Jimoh Alonge who led the protest in Abuja, while speaking with journalists at the Court of Appeal headquarters, the take-off point of the protest to the National Assembly stressed that they will not back down until their demands are met adding that the judiciary is confronted with several issues but once the issue of financial autonomy is addressed, others would be taken care of.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had issued an executive order in May 2020 for the enforcement of the new constitutional provision.
The executive order, among others, directed the accountant-general of the federation to deduct funds meant for the state judiciaries and legislatures directly from the federation account and pay to them.
Shortly after the executive order was issued, the governors rushed to court to challenge it for being “unconstitutional” as th