Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has responded to the government order to remove ‘All Eyes on the Judiciary’ billboards around the country.
In a post on her social media site on Wednesday, Ezekwesili argued that the Nigerian judiciary owes citizens absolute judicial independence, transparency, and integrity under the constitution.
According to the Gist House, the federal government ordered the removal of “All Eyes on the Judiciary” billboards across the country after claiming that it would pit the public against the judiciary.
The government also disbanded the secretariat of the Advertising Standard Panel (ASP) over its approval of the ‘All Eyes on the Judiciary’ advertisement.
The advertisement was labeled as insensitive in a statement made on Tuesday by Dr. Olalekan Fadolepo, Director-General of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria.
However, Ezekwesili, who resorted to social media, claimed that the digital billboard is less expensive than the one that was dismantled, re-stating the advertisement in numerous lines.
“A Digital Billboard is so much cheaper than one that an obviously misguided regulator demolished,” she added.
“So here’s my message to our Nigerian judiciary, which has a constitutional obligation to provide citizens with total judicial independence, transparency, and integrity: