Re­sign rather than com­pro­mise, CJN tells new judges

The Punch - - NEWS - Ade Ade­s­o­moju, Abuja

The Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria, Jus­tice Tanko Muham­mad, on Fri­day told the newly in­au­gu­rated chief judges of the Fed­eral High Court and the Na­tional In­dus­trial Court that they had to help them­selves first for God to help them to up­hold their oath of of­fice.

The CJN gave the charge af­ter ad­min­is­ter­ing oaths of of­fice to the new Chief Judges, Jus­tice John Tsoho of the Fed­eral High Court and Jus­tice Bene­dict Kanyipp of the Na­tional In­dus­trial Court, at the Supreme Court in Abuja.

“The law is not a re­specter of per­sons,” he told the judges, adding “deal with the sit­u­a­tion as placed be­fore you” and never to hes­i­tate “to re­sign” when faced with con­flict of in­ter­est.

“Do­ing oth­er­wise would bring about a lot of chal­lenges,” the CJN warned.

He said, “As it is gen­er­ally, oath-tak­ing or swear­ing-in into an of­fice is not some­thing that is cel­e­bra­tive. It is some­thing that ac­tu­ally re­quires that we sym­pa­thise with the per­son that is sworn in.

“Why did I say so? All your con­ducts, all your deal­ings must be within that oath. Re­mem­ber that the oath is a deal­ing be­tween you and your cre­ator, we are only wit­ness­ing it.

“An of­fice like that of a judge is some­thing that re­quires prayers for the per­son that is tak­ing oath. So, we pray that God will see you through to the end of your ten­ure.”

He added, “You have said God help you. But God will only help you if you help your­self.

“And the only way you can help your­self is to know your onions, know the peo­ple you move with and know your prin­ci­ples. Don’t let any­body dis­turb your prin­ci­ples.”

He said the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the chief judge were not light, but “very heavy re­spon­si­bil­i­ties”.

He stressed the judges had to jus­tify the oath, re­spect them­selves and their of­fices.

“Don’t let any­body or any Jupiter on earth dis­turb you. If you do, you will re­gret it and they would have run away,” he said.

•L-R: Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Base Agency for Sus­tain­able Energy, Daniel Ma­gal­lon; Sus­tain­able Energy Fi­nance Spe­cial­ist, Aure­lien Pil­let; Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Nat­u­ral Eco Cap­i­tal, Dr Eugene Itua; and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, A4&T Power So­lu­tions, Ay­o­deji Ade­milua, dur­ing the launch of Eko Car­bon Ex­change on the side­lines of the United Na­tions Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence of Par­ties in Madrid...on Wed­nes­day. Photo: ECE

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