Shun Unmerited Wealth, CJN Warns Judges


The Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has warned judges in the country to shun from unmerited wealth in order to avoid running foul of the law.

Justice Muhammad gave the advice yesterday in Abuja while inaugurating six judges for the Federal High Court of Nigeria and one for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory high court.

According to him, the National Judicial Council (NJC) will fish out the bad eggs within the judiciary and show them the way out.

The CJN said that as judicial officers, judges must shun vainglory, dishonest disposition and ostentatious life style borne out of corrupt acquaintances.

He noted that corrupt judges can only run but will not have the capacity to hide from the long arm of the disciplinary apparatus of the NJC.

He said: “As I always say, appointment to the bench is not appointment to affluence, influence or unholy alliance with people of questionable character that may appear before you in different guises and make you do what is offensive to the law”.

“You must shun unmerited wealth, dishonest disposition and never should you engage in any act that may make you regret ever being a judicial officer,” he said.

The CJN explained that though judges are not known to possess supernatural powers to perform wonders, he charged the new judges to be prepared for demand to do impossible from the society.

Justice Muhammad also charged the new Judges to be ready to hear more especially during 2023 general elections, adding that though he rejoiced with them, he also sympathised with them for the troubles, inconveniences and all sort of uncomplementary remarks that may be made against them by litigants in the course of adjudications.

He said: “We are all humans, no doubt, but you must display the humanism in you by doing those extraordinary things that people would say you cannot do.

That is what distinguishes those with integrity and passion for success from those with unenviable pedigree and dysfunctional moral compass.”

The CJN urged the new Judges to allow their oath of office to occupy an important place in their hearts and be rightly applied in their adjudications.

“This is a bond that you should engrave in your heart and it should serve as a moral compass while adjudicating in all matters that come before you”.

“You must not derail from the revered path of impartiality, fairness and equity. We don’t need any soothsayer to tell us that the times are quite perilous and ominous”.

The CJN further said that the present situation of Nigeria, seriously need judicial officers with the right character and who are honest, objective, dispassionate and humble, adding that the appointment of the new judges was not by accident but by the divine will of God and must therefore be led by wisdom and guided by their conscience.

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