Mus­da­pher links des­per­a­tion for ap­point­ments to de­cay in ju­di­ciary

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

For­mer Chief Jus­tice of Nigeria, Dahiru Mus­da­pher, yes­ter­day blamed the de­cay in the ju­di­ciary on des­per­a­tion by of­fi­cers to be­come judges.

He said things have be­come so bad that many people in­clud­ing those who are not com­pe­tent, are now des­per­ate to be­come judges. He was re­spond­ing to re­tired pres­i­dent of the Court of Ap­peal, Jus­tice Isa Ayo Salami’s state­ment in a chat with news­men in Ilorin dur­ing the pub­lic lec­ture and launch of a jour­nal in hon­our of a re­tired Supreme Court judge, Jus­tice Bola Aji­bola, or­gan­ised by the Law Stu­dents’ So­ci­ety of the Univer­sity of Ilorin.

Salami had said in Ilorin Tues­day dur­ing the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) pro­gramme ac­cused judges of en­gag­ing in “de­spi­ca­ble” acts of judge­ment fix­ing.

Re­act­ing to the state­ment, Jus­tice Mus­da­pher said it would be scan­dalous if the al­le­ga­tion is true, not­ing that des­per­a­tion and lob­by­ing for ap­point­ment as judges had un­der­mined the ju­di­ciary.

“In those days people did not even ask to be ap­pointed judges. The mere fact that you asked to be ap­pointed a judge, you disqual­i­fied yourself”, he said.

He al­leged that some in­flu­en­tial people in the so­ci­ety also made the case for their re­la­tions to be ap­pointed judges. “All kinds of people find their ways to be­come judges. Just as I said, the le­gal prac­tice it­self ei­ther on the bench or out­side must be done with the sense of de­cency and sense of jus­tice. That is what is done every­where”, he said. He urged lawyers to have a change of at­ti­tude and bear in mind that they can­not win all cases be­ing pros­e­cuted. The guest lec­turer, Mr. Bamidele Aturu, de­scribed the on­go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence as a waste of time, say­ing, “It is clear if you see what they are do­ing, they are not de­bat­ing things that will af­fect or­di­nary Nige­ri­ans. I have given them agenda, my agenda. The agenda if they want to be se­ri­ous is to make what I call wage struc­tur­ing in Nigeria. They should abol­ish oil blocs in Nigeria”.

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