The President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, urged the judiciary to ensure the integrity of participatory democracy by remaining honest arbiters in pre and post-election matters.

“As the 2023 general elections draw near, the significance of the legal profession becomes even more pronounced considering the vital roles you play in the electioneering process, both at the pre and post-election stages. I hope you maintain the position of an honest arbiter,” Buhari said when he inaugurated the Body of Benchers Complex in Abuja.

The President also expressed his interest in the outcome of a peer review of the conditions of service of judicial officers in Nigeria with other countries and jurisdictions, within and outside Africa.

According to him, the recommendations from the exercise will provide valuable insights to enable the government to review the welfare packages.

This is according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘2023 elections: Maintain your position as honest arbiters, President Buhari urges judiciary.’

Buhari stated that his regime will continue to respect and elevate the rule of law saying “adherence to the rule of law is critical to the progress of any society and this administration has not reneged in its commitment to this ideal.”

While congratulating the Body of Benchers, chaired by Chief Wole Olanipekun, for the successful completion of the complex, which was started in 2008, he commended the Body for keeping the wheel of justice turning effectively by providing a solid foundation for upholding the rule of law, with over five decades of proven track record.

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