specialty journal of politics and law
The Judiciary and Democracy Consolidation in Nigeria Under the Buhari Administration
Okeke, Remi Chukwudi, Idike, Adeline Nnenna
This study examined the role of the judiciary in democracy consolidation in Nigeria (under the Buhari administration). Hence the general objective of the study was to examine the role of the judiciary in democracy consolidation in Nigeria, under the Buhari administration. The twin research questions were accordingly as follows: how has the judiciary fared in the area of contributions to democracy consolidation and what role must the judiciary play in engendering democracy consolidation in Nigeria under the Buhari dispensation? The study found that the role of the judiciary in democracy consolidation in Nigeria, particularly under the Buhari administration could not be described as unassailable. It was highlighted in the work that the checks and balances inherent in the executive-legislature-judiciary relations in a democracy, must not be done with impunity by the personnel of any of the three organs of government. And so let it be with the arrest, detention and trial of judges in the course of democracy consolidation in Nigeria, under the Buhari administration, the study concludes. But let no judge be arrested again. In other words, let no judge do again what may precipitate the arrest of a judge.