Tinubu Wants Kidnappers Treated As Terrorists


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has declared that individuals involved in the despicable acts of kidnappings in the country must be treated as terrorists.

Tinubu, who stated this on Tuesday, March 27, 2024 at a Ramadan dinner with members of the Federal judiciary led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola including two former CJNs, Justice Mahmud Mohammed and Justice Walter Onnoghen, condemned what he described as the “reprehensible acts” perpetrated by kidnappers across the country.

The President, while reiterating the government’s resolve to defeat banditry, said those who resort to kidnapping children are cowards, incapable of confronting the might of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

In the words of Tinubu; “We must treat kidnappers as terrorists. They are cowardly. They have been degraded. They look for soft targets. They go to schools and kidnap children and cause disaffection.

“We must treat them equally as terrorists in order to get rid of them, and I promise you we will get rid of them,” he said at the dinner attended by serving and retired judicial officers,” he said.

Commenting on the review of salaries of judicial officers, President Tinubu pledged that his administration would continue to implement necessary reforms to improve the welfare and working conditions of judicial officers.

 According to him; “I recognize that the judiciary has one of the most unrewarded responsibilities. They are yet to modernize equipment and recordkeeping, and their progress towards improvement is slow.

“When you look at the career path of a judicial officer, they cannot practice the vocation for which they were trained after retirement. While the framers of the law may have their reasons, I perceive this differently and see this from a fair compensation angle that should benefit all,” he said.

Tinubu expressed gratitude to the judiciary for their dedicated service to the nation just as he acknowledged their role in upholding the respectability of the judicial arm of government.

“We will continue to support one another and bring Nigeria to that glorious dawn,” he concluded.

In his remarks, the CJN Ariwoola commended Tinubu for the honour of hosting judicial officers to a Ramadan, his commitment to judicial reforms, and for improving the welfare of judicial officers in the country.

Ariwoola said; “May the Lord continue to bless you and your administration. Let your ship land and berth beautifully. We shall continue to pray for your administration because there are many good things in the pipeline for Nigerians”.

The CJN also commended the administration for achieving a significant milestone by appointing a full complement of 21 justices to the Supreme Court, a feat he described as unprecedented.

Speaking in turn, Lateef Fagbemi, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, expressed gratitude to the President for forwarding the executive bill titled, “Judicial Office Holders, Salaries and Allowances, etc, Bill 2024” to the National Assembly.

Highlighting the stagnant state of judges’ salaries and emoluments since 2007, Fagbemi commended the President’s courage, determination, and compassion in taking decisive action.

In the words of Fagbemi; “It takes a man with a great heart, determination, and consideration to do what the President did. More than 300.3 percent increase has been given to the judges. The President has done his own part, never mind that the bill is still with the National Assembly.

“In my short stay as the Attorney-General, I have come to observe that anything that concerns the judiciary, you are very much interested in it, and I thank you for your abiding interest in the judiciary,” he enthused.

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