More woes for FG as Nigerian Judiciary Workers commence Indefinite Strike

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary. 

 The national leadership of JUSUN in a circular dated Thursday, April 1, ordered the shut down of various courts across the country from Tuesday, April 6. In the circular signed by JUSUN’s general secretary, I. M. Adetola, the union directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike. 

The union stated that it had at its last National Executive Meeting on March 13, 2021, in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary. 

 VAM News gathered that the circular read in part: “You are directed to shut down courts/departments in your states until further notice from the national secretariat of JUSUN in Abuja.” 

The planned strike is bound to add to the woes of many Nigerians whose access to healthcare has already been impaired by the ongoing strike of Nigerian doctors. 

Some Nigerians have been commenting on the decision of the judiciary workers to go on strike via social media.

 Obinna Nkwonta asks on Twitter: “Why is everyone going on strike; hope the nation won’t go on strike from the world?” 

Ladi Adigun wrote: “Let’s occupy the country nothing is working.” 

Aliyu Akeem wrote: “Only looting is working in Nigeria.” Zubby Ifeaka wrote: “Soon the whole sector will be on strike.” 

 Adam Rabiu Usman wrote on Facebook: “It is obvious the government is not willing to keep to their promises not only in that sector but also in the most important - the health sector.” 

Okofu Tony wrote: “Nothing seems to be working in this country called Nigeria. 

The government of Muhammadu Buhari and his APC-led federal government have failed the people, and it is high time they are chased out of government.”

 Okpeniku Onosetare Honesty wrote: “If the judiciary can get their autonomy, the politicians know it' will be hard for them to divert justice. They holding the judiciary with this financial rope.” 

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