The continuing strike by judicial workers begun April 6 has brought the courts in Nigeria to a standstill.
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) members are demanding that the legislative arm of government is given financial autonomy. The Nigerian Bar Association, the professional body for lawyers, has also given its support and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria members have joined the stoppage.
Leading figures within the Nigerian state, such as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) have voiced support for the aims of the strike while calling on JUSUN leaders to bring it to an end. JUSUN is trying to rescue Nigeria’s judicial system from its blatant corruption. State governors regularly bribe judges using public funds, buying them sports utility vehicles, for example.