Restore confidence in nation’s judiciary – Osinbajo tells Onnoghen

Nigeria's Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen

Acting President, Yemi Osinjabo, Tuesday, urged the newly sworn in Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, to work towards restoring public confidence in the nation’s judiciary.

Mr. Osinbajo, gave the charge shortly after administering the oath of office on the CJN at the Executive Council Chamber of the Presidential Vila in Abuja.

“My Lord, you have assumed this position at a crucial time in the history of our nation. It is a time when all arms of government have suffered the loss of confidence of the people of this nation and it is so also with the judiciary,” the acting president said.

“It is a time when our Lords and Justices of our courts are called upon to resuscitate that confidence that the people of this nation want to have in the institutions of government and indeed in the judiciary. I pray that your tenure will revive and sustain that confidence.”

Mr. Osinbajo said the chief justice of the federation has the responsibility to dispense fairness, justice, and truth, adding his powers were simply awesome and next to powers of God Almighty.

He, therefore, advised Mr. Onnoghen to exhibit a higher moral and ethical standard in the discharge of his responsibilities to the nation.

Speaking shortly after his inauguration, the CJN, pledged to abide by his oath of office and sued for cooperation among the three arms of government.

He also stated that adherence to the rule of law and respect for the independence of the judiciary would go a long way to addressing some of the teething problems bedeviling the nation.

“On my part as the head of the judiciary, I assure you that from the past experience, the key to everything in a democratic setting is adherence to the rule of law,” the CJN said.

“There lies the solution to our problems. Let us try to encourage the independence of the judiciary to ensure the rule of law. If everyone realizes that they are subject to the rule of law and that there are certain things that are tackled according to the rule of law and behave accordingly, it will benefit all of us.”

Justice Onnoghen was last November sworn-in as acting CJN following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

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