Legislature – Judiciary Relations and Budget Implementation in Nigeria: 2005 – 2017

Abraham, Terfa ; Ikpeazu, Chinedu ; Onyeaku, Chukwuka (2018-02)

Working Paper

The principle of checks and balance requires that the three arms of government are autonomous and operate as a watch dog to one another. This relationship can however, be dampened when the financial autonomy of these organs of governments are unstable and unpredictable. This brief examines the budgetary allocation to the Judiciary and the Legislature from 2015 – 2017 in Nigeria. It deduces the implication for Nigeria’s democratic development and argues in favour of increased allocation to the National Judicial Council and the National Assembly in the 2018 FGN budget.