Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the wife of former Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, has firmly defended her judicial integrity in response to remarks made by her husband regarding his use of her position to favor his colleagues during her tenure as the President of the Court of Appeal.
The controversy arose when Senator Bulkachuwa addressed the Senate during the valedictory session of the 9th Assembly. He acknowledged seeking help for his colleagues from his wife while she held the esteemed position. The statement caused widespread outrage, with calls for the former lawmaker’s arrest, including from Olisa Agbakoba, a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
However, Justice Bulkachuwa released a statement to address the situation and clarify any misconceptions. She categorically denied compromising her oath of office to show favoritism to any party throughout her 40-year judicial career. Emphasizing that her decisions were always based on facts, the law, and her conscience, she reiterated her unwavering commitment to upholding her judicial responsibilities.
Furthermore, Justice Bulkachuwa stressed that, during her tenure as the President of the Court of Appeal, she never interfered with the independence of her fellow justices in the discharge of their judicial functions. She emphasized her adherence to the principles of fairness, impartiality, and the rule of law throughout her esteemed career.
Earlier, in an interview with BBC Hausa, Senator Bulkachuwa clarified that his words were misrepresented, stating that former President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, interrupted him while he was explaining.
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa’s response seeks to dispel any doubts about her integrity and reaffirm her commitment to an independent judiciary. As the situation unfolds, the controversy surrounding Senator Bulkachuwa’s comments serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding ethical standards and maintaining public trust in the judicial system.
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