21st December, 2017
The Rule of Law Development Foundation (RODLDF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet for improved performance.
Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN), the Coordinator of the Foundation, made the call while briefing newsmen on the state of the nation on Thursday in Abuja.
“The President though faced by health issues in the initial part of his tenure in office, he has nonetheless placed the fight against corruption on the front burner.
“The narrow question on the lips of Nigerians is why has there been no investigation or prosecution of any serving ministers, or other officials for fraud in two years of this government,’’ he said.
Daudu said it appeared that persons were not being treated equally under the extant law.
According to him, government should endeavour to revamp the fight against corruption.
“In any situation, a good manager should know when to re-energise his team.
“If this government wants to make any further progress in governance, then it must weed out the dead wood in its midst and set up a truly virile and positive cabinet,’’ he said.
On the election of new national officers for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Daudu said it was good that the party had surmounted its internal crisis.
He said a credible opposition was a hallmark of democracy, adding that the development would put the administration on its toes to serve the people better.
Speaking on the recent dismissal of criminal charges against Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, the Foundation said the decision only showed that the National Judicial Council (NJC) must be allowed to discipline alleged erring judicial officers.
The Court of Appeal, Lagos had on Dec.11, struck out the criminal charges filed by the EFCC against the serving judge of the Federal High Court.
The EFCC had secured a judgment on the 260, 000 dollars and N8.65 million gratifications filed against the judge before the judgment was upturned.
Daudu said the executive arm of the government must respect the principle of separation of powers to reduce the suspicion between it and the judiciary.
The Foundation is an interventionist Civil Society Organisation (CSO), with focus on the rule of law issues that arise in the country.
It draws attention to breaches of the rule of law and other constitutional infraction that occur or are commonplace in the country, Africa and beyond.