Chief Justice cautions judges on rule of law

Peter Bahago, Abuja

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Ibrahim has urged judges in the country to always respect their oath of offices by being just and fair in the discharge of their judicial duties.

The CJN stated this at the inauguration of Justice Benedict Kanyip of the National Industrial Court and Justice John Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

He said that as judges, they are accountable to God for their deeds, they must ensure that they dispense justice with honesty and transparency.

He told them that the oath administered on them did not call for celebration because with their status as judicial officers, they must be guided by the oath.

Justice Tanko also said that dispensing justice is a tedious work that requires prayers for God to guide them from the beginning to the end of their tenure in office.

’’Let me tell you that even though we need God to help us, the truth is that God will not help anyone who does not help himself ’’ he said

’’This inauguration does not call for a long speech but to remind you that you are holding your new offices in trust for Nigerians and you must not betray the trust’’

He reminded them on the need to respect the law by avoiding pitfalls because the law does not respect anyone who act contrary to the law adding that they should always consult whenever they challenges that requires consultation.