Kayode Ajulo, a constitutional lawyer, has called on President Bola Tinubu to bring the salaries of judges in Nigeria in line with those of senators.
In a statement on Monday, Mr Ajulo expressed his concern about the significant disparity in the remuneration of the judiciary compared to the other branches of government, despite their crucial role.
He emphasized the urgent need to address judges’ social welfare and security, including fair and improved salaries and benefits.
Mr Ajulo highlighted a 2022 judgment from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, which called for a substantial increase in the salaries of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and other judges.
“It is unacceptable that judges’ salaries have remained unchanged since 2008, and immediate action is required,” he remarked.
Mr Ajulo underscored the judiciary’s vital role in upholding democracy and serving as a refuge for the ordinary person in governance matters. He emphasized that despite shouldering the responsibility of handling political irregularities and ensuring justice for politicians, judges’ salaries do not reflect the significance of their work.
“With less than 300 federal judicial officers compared to over 400 politicians in the national assembly receiving substantial salaries and benefits, it is crucial to ensure that judges receive salaries that align with their indispensable role,” he added.
The salaries of Nigerian judges had remained stagnant since 2008, when they were last reviewed. Judges currently receive approximately N4 million per year, which is significantly lower than their counterparts’ earnings in other countries.