In a recent interview with Channels TV, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike, expressed his worries about judges facing undue pressure in connection with a tribunal case.
Wike shared his concerns, citing a video he had seen where a pastor displayed pictures of all the tribunal judges and asked his congregation to pray against them. The minister described this as a troubling development, suggesting it aimed to intimidate judges to influence a favorable verdict.
The FCT minister questioned the reasoning behind resorting to such tactics. He argued that if the opposition lacked trust in the judicial process, they shouldn’t have taken their case to the tribunal in the first place.
He criticized the trend of using intimidation and public protests before the judgment was even delivered, labeling it as a form of manipulation.
Wike remarked, “Look at the level that we have degenerated. And the people are happy. You can see people putting adverts on the road that the world is watching you. What kind of intimidation is that? Judgment has not been given and people are coming to protest in Abuja. If you don’t have confidence in the Judiciary, why should you go to the tribunal in the first place? These are just mere blackmail, we know what they are doing.”
You can watch the full interview on YouTube here starting at 31:50