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VP Osinbajo Makes Case For Judicial Reforms

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for synergy among the executive, legislature and judiciary arms of government to give the country a befitting justice system.

Osinbajo made this call on Saturday at the virtual edition of the Wole Olanipekun & Co (WOC) Justice Summit.

He noted that Nigeria’s justice administration system is in need of dire reforms, and as such, a collaboration between the arms of government was crucial.

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The vice president said it was necessary for the leadership of the legal profession, the executive, the judiciary and the legislature, to sit together and critically review the justice system.

Osinbajo said the collaboration “to get the reform going should also include states. Working together with the sub-nationals and the federal government and their judiciaries, we can make a fundamental change.

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He further a definition of justice that is focused on the social and economic rights of the people was not only more meaningful but also just.

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“This is obviously a matter that we must take seriously and address, not just as professionals but we must involve all the arms of government.”

“There is a need for us to appreciate that it is a many-sided thing, complicated and we have to simply look for ways to work together.

“I am seeing that critical mass of individuals in the legal profession, in the executive and also in the judiciary who are willing to reform. We are working quite hard to see how we can all come together to make a real change.” He added.

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“The law is a social construct and makes sense only within a social context. To treat the law as something apart from society, or as a body of technical abstractions is to strip it of meaning and to alienate the legal order from the very people it is meant to serve,” Osinbajo noted.

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