The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has warned judges in the country to run away from unmerited wealth so as not to contravene the law which may land them into trouble.
According to him, as judicial officers, judges must shun vainglory, dishonest disposition and ostentatious lifestyle that are borne out of corrupt acquaintances.
The CJN issued the warning in Abuja on Wednesday while inaugurating six judges for the Federal High Court of Nigeria and one for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
The new judges of the Federal High Court are Emmanuel Gakko, Musa Liman, Segun-Bello Taiye, Bala Usman, Ahmad Mahmud and Aminu Garba; while Joseph Aina was inaugurated as a judge of the FCT High Court.
The CJN said the National Judicial Council would not rest in its efforts to fish out the bad eggs in the judiciary and show them the way out.
Muhammad said corrupt judges could only run, but would not have the capacity to hide from the long arm of the disciplinary apparatus of the NJC.
The CJN stated, “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.”
The CJN, who said judges were not known to possess supernatural powers to perform wonders, charged the new judges to be prepared for the demand from the society to do impossible.
Justice Muhammad 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 uncomplimentary remarks that may be made against them by litigants in the course of adjudications.
“We are all humans, no doubt, but you must display the humanism in you by doing those extraordinary things that people will say you cannot do. That is what distinguishes those with integrity and passion for success from those with unenviable pedigree and dysfunctional moral compass,” he stated.
The CJN counselled the new judges to allow their oath of office to occupy an important place in their hearts and be rightly applied in their adjudications.
Muhammad stated, “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.”
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