…as Onnoghen sworn in
Chris Steven, Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has tasked the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen to work towards the restoration of the people’s confidence in the judiciary and a speedy administration of justice in dispensation of justice.
Osinbajo spoke on Tuesday at the inauguration of Onnoghen as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria held at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said judiciary must not been seen to be just but it must “be just indeed noting that the mere perception of judicial malfeasance poisons the waters of justice let alone the reality while delays in the administration of justice often defeats the ends of justice”.
The acting President said Onnoghen is assuming the position of the CJN at a critical time in the history of the nation and called on the judicial arm of government to be alive to its responsibilities of administering justice to the benefit of the Nigerian people.
“It is a time when our Lords and Justices of our courts are called upon to resuscitate that confidence that the people of this nation want to have in the institutions of government and indeed in the judiciary,” he said.
Osinbajo said he spoke with President Muhammad Buhari earlier disclosing that the president specifically directed him to convey his sincere wishes to Onnoghen.
“I congratulate you on behalf of Mr. President, all members of your family and the entire judiciary. I believe that the choice that the people of this nation have made is a right choice indeed and I pray that you will leave up to all of the expectations deed, I pray that the Almighty God will guide and direct you as you deliver on all of the promises and expectations of the people of this nation”.
In his response, Justice Onnoghne urged the three arms of government to adhere to the rule of law in the day to day running of government stressing that doing otherwise will continue to cause disorderliness in the country.
Onnoghne said “the key to everything in a democratic setting is adherence to the rule of law. There lies the solution to our problems. Let us try to encourage the independence of the judiciary so as to ensure the rule of law. If everyone realise that they are subject to the rule of law and that there are certain things that are tackled according to the rule of law and behave accordingly, it will benefit all of us”.
He pledge his loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria asking for God’s special grace to keep to the oath of office he has sworn to uphold.
“I solicit the cooperation of everybody. There are three arms of government and this three arms belong to the same government. We should explore areas of cooperation to enable us move the country forward,” the new CJN appealed.
While thanking President Buhari, the Senate and Nigerians for considering worthy of the office, Onnoghen reassured Nigerians of his detemnation to restore confidence back in the nation’s judiciary.
The CJN thanked his family for the support and cooperation and appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray for the survival of Nigerians as prayers brings peace.
Onnoghen was first sowrn-in as the acting CJN on November 10, 2016 by the President Buhari.