The Buhari South-East Youth Movement (BUSEYM) has commended the Department of State Services (DSS) on its recent raids on some allegedly corrupt judges, saying it is a step in the right direction while re-affirming the federal government’s stance that it is corruption that is under attack and not the Nigerian judiciary. The group also called on the DSS to extend its current initiatives to judges of state High Courts and magistrates.
In a press release in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, jointly signed by its Director-General, Engr. Nwabueze Onwuneme and National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Igwe Samuel Obinna, the group stated that it has become obvious that some unscrupulous judges have vowed to pervert and commercialise justice for the highest bidder as mostly seen but not limited to electoral and corruption matters most especially in south-eastern states.
The group said the alleged involvement of the judges in corruption violates their Code of Conduct, stressing that no judge, irrespective of ranking, should be spared. The group chided the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and some persons who have come openly to condemn an act which the whole nation, most especially the masses, have applauded wondering why the unholy alliance and show of solidarity being showcased by the NBA? It asked why NBA has never come openly to advocate the release of petty thieves held without bail in various prisons all over the country .The group specifically wants Nigerians to know that without a credible, transparent and upright judiciary no government can fulfill its campaign promises and obligation to the citizenry stating that it is a globally known that judicial corruption is next to terrorism in ranking.
The group also commended the Director-General of the DSS, Musa Daura, for the feat and assured him that majority of Nigerians are behind him and in full support of his and his organisation’s actions. It commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies on the recent release of 21 of the abducted Chibok girls and urged them to intensify efforts for the release of the remaining girls.
In a related development, BUSEYM has condemned the attacks by some recently raided judges against the person of the Hon. Minister for Transport Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi, describing it as “diversionary and baseless.” It wondered why judges who have risen in status to the highest court of the land should indulge in such childish, myopic and un-intelligent mudslinging on a man who did not run any election. In a press release to journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital and signed by Onwuneme and Obinna, the group faulted the claim by the judges that Amaechi wanted them to influence the outcome of judgements in Ekiti, Rivers and Akwa-I bom wondering what was Amaechi’s interest in those matters. BUSEYM also demanded to know why the judges did not report the alleged meddlesomeness of Amaechi in the matters to the appropriate authorities but waited till the DSS busted them before reporting the matter, adding that the group is aware of “a well timed, heavily-funded plot to smear and undermine the person of Amaechi politically.” The Nation