A call on the judiciary

The judiciary stands as a beacon of justice, entrusted with the responsibility of upholding the rule of law and ensuring fairness in our democracy. However, there exists a significant gap in understanding and transparency, especially during the complex and sensitive times of electoral cases.

Nigerians often find themselves grappling with legal jargons and intricacies that make it challenging to comprehend the proceedings and the interpretations thereof. This lack of clarity often leads to confusion and a disconnect between the legal process and the citizens it serves.

In the spirit of fostering a truly transparent and inclusive democracy, I earnestly implore the esteemed members of the judiciary to consider the following:

Simplification of Legal Language: During electoral cases, there is a dire need to communicate legal proceedings and decisions in plain and understandable language accessible to the general populace. This approach will bridge the gap between legal jargons and the understanding of ordinary citizens.

We urge the judiciary to prioritise transparency in electoral cases. Clear and comprehensive explanations of judgments, legal principles, and decisions will bolster public trust and confidence in the judicial process.

Also, Initiatives aimed at educating citizens about legal processes, the meaning of legal terms, and the overall workings of the judiciary during electoral disputes can empower the populace to actively engage and comprehend the justice system.

Leveraging digital platforms, public forums, or community outreach programmes can facilitate direct interaction between the judiciary and citizens, fostering a more inclusive and informed society.

The Nigerian judiciary holds a pivotal role in ensuring the integrity of our democratic processes. Embracing transparency and clarity during elections proceedings will not only uphold the principles of justice but will also empower Nigerians to actively participate in and comprehend the legal processes that shape our nation’s future.

Your commitment to transparency and accessibility will undoubtedly strengthen our democracy and foster a deeper sense of trust and confidence in the judicial system.

Hadiza Ibrahim Ngulde,
Department of Mass Communication,
University of Maiduguri, Borno state