Amidst insinuations, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) maintains that its trust in the Judiciary remains steadfast.
The NLC firmly asserts that it cannot criticize the Judiciary under any circumstances, especially the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), which it holds in high regard.
Recalling the NLC’s previous statement expressing concerns about certain judges granting interim injunctions through ex parte applications, some quarters have accused the NLC of undermining the Judicial System.
However, in a press release titled “Our Commitment to Upholding the Judiciary,” NLC President Joe Ajaero states, “Our intention, when we issued a statement last week expressing dissatisfaction with how some judges have consistently restricted organized labor’s right to free speech, free association, and lawful protest through ex parte interim injunctions, was never to disparage the judiciary or the esteemed National Industrial Court of Nigeria.”
“We want to emphasize unequivocally that we maintain unwavering faith in the judiciary,” Ajaero affirms.
“For us and the common person, the Judiciary will always remain a pillar of justice and a sanctuary in times of trouble. We hold our courts in high esteem, honoring the judicial officers and contributing to the preservation of the institution of the Judiciary as a vital component of our democratic system.”
“In doing so, we adhere to the well-known belief that the only alternatives to a credible judiciary are mob culture or tyranny, which we firmly reject.”
“Our defense, protection, and promotion of the judiciary align with our commitment to upholding the rule of law and order, and it has been a longstanding principle for us.”
“We wish to reaffirm that although the NICN often rules against us, we hold the court in great respect.”