Lawyers shout at Buhari’s refusal to pay judgment debt
Nigerian lawyers have shouted at the deliberate refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the past six years to pay court debts, saying they were badly affected.
The attorneys and attorneys have announced that they have been involved in multiple lawsuits on behalf of their clients in various Nigerian courts in which a fair number of cases have been won, but the Nigerian government has refused to pay judgment debt.
The development was revealed in a statement by the Director of the Legal Service of the Center for Civic Education, Barrister Agomuo Chimaobi, on behalf of the attorneys, saying that the unpaid judgment debt is affecting them economically as they have used their personal resources to help some of the Cases on behalf of their customers.
The statement sent to DAILY POST indicated that the federal government has incurred judgment debt from the lower courts of the Supreme Court and called on the federal government to pay those debts.
The statement reads in part: “Since the beginning of the government of President Mohammed Buhari, the president has sought to pay off debts of the Nigerian federal government to local contractors, subsidy payments and the education sector.
“However, since 2015 the Buhari government has failed to settle and pay enforcement debts that the Nigerian federal government owes its citizens, organizations and business units in Nigeria.
“The debts are judgments of the Federal Court of Justice of Nigeria. The Court of Appeal of Nigeria and the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“These judgment debts are compiled in the office of the Honorable Federal Attorney General and the Minister of Justice.
The lawyers expressed their disappointment that the National Assembly appropriated judgment debt. 2015 to 2021, but the Prosecutor General and the Minister of Justice keep refusing the availability of funds.
“For us, this is obviously unconstitutional if the executive branch continues to neglect rulings of the judiciary, particularly the supreme courts, which are empowered to judge between individuals, organizations and all parts of government, as described in Section 6 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“We therefore use the mass media, which are authorized under Section 22 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999, to demand justice through the payment of the judgment debt by the federal government.
“We urge the President to rise to the occasion and consider, as a matter of urgent national concern, the common man, the citizens of Nigeria, their businesses and assets through the failure to pay their judgment debt since 2015 and the impact of COVID-19 for our economy. Mr. President, please save our souls. As they say, “Justice delayed is justice denied”.