President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians to say no to people who make unfair comments about the Judiciary.
According to the President, some persons have made it their passion to make disparaging comments about the judiciary, one that does not bode well for the state institution.
The president who was speaking at this year’s Bar Association Conference in Ho, said Ghanaians to encourage acts that builds state institutions and not destroy.
“Just as Government continues to implement policies to advance the rule of law, and, thereby reinforce the confidence of the people, and shore up our nation’s reputation as a country governed by the rule of law, there are some who have made it their political agenda to disparage systematically the image of the Judiciary for selfish, parochial, partisan reason.”
Taking a swipe at the former President whose comments are deem to be in bad taste, the president said,
“These are the plaintiffs, who go to Court, indeed, to the highest court of the land, provide not a single shred of evidence to back their claims, and yet, insist that their claims he upheld, despite the elementary violation of the ancient, common-law rules for the discharge of burden of proof that such a result would entail.”
Speaking on Monday, September 12, 2022 when he delivered the keynote address at this year’s Bar Conference, he reminded members of the Bar his commitment of rule of law and democracy and entreated them to do same.
“It is important that all of us, especially us lawyers, who cherish the democracy we are building, say no to such persons, and guard jealously our democratic way of life, which we have done so much to bring into being. Independent judges, administering the law, protecting the human rights of citizens, and ensuring public accountability, are strong pillars of our democracy,” the President added.
Touching on institutions that has come under similar attacks but remain strong, the president noted that the Electoral commission continue to come under anti-democratic attack just like Judiciary.
Mercifully for all of us, these attacks have not shaken the confidence of the people in these institutions. Genuine democrats should devote their energies to finding ways and means of strengthening the democratic institutions of our Republic, instead of expending profitless time in undermining them,”