A former Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, has enjoined Nigerians to desist from using International courts for settling disputes saying that local courts should rather have priority on disputes.
The former minister spoke on Channels TV in reaction to the judgment by the UK court between Nigeria and Process and Industrial Development (P&ID).
According to him, it is cheaper and better to domesticate legal issues in the Country as it gives the country a sense of pride.
Kayode said: “We have a tendency to take arbitration involving government outside Nigeria. We should as much as possible try to domesticate our arbitration here. We have Lagos Court of Arbitration, in Abuja we have the dispute qualification center and these are a chance for us to domesticate our arbitration here. We don’t need to be exporting our arbitration. Except the Attorney General gives special directive, every arbitration should be in Nigeria. “
The former Attorney General commenting on why the lackadaisical manner the Nigerian government handled the P&ID issue stated that a change in government may have caused it.
He said: “There was a change of government in 2015 and there was a change in offices. New Attorney General came in. He needs to be fully briefed. When there is a change of government, change of party, u don’t fully get that handing over and proper briefing. Definitely, a change of government may have affected what really went on here. Generally, there is that tardiness regarding litigation when it comes to institutions.”