The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, yesterday, swore in Justice John Inyang Okoro as a Justice of the Supreme Court.
Performing the swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court yesterday, the CJN, urged Justice Okoro to ensure that he remained above board, saying, “As I felicitate with you, let me point out that you have a very heavy responsibility on your shoulders.”
“The public perception of the judiciary as we are well aware is central to its existence especially in a democratic society as Nigeria. It follows therefore that the judiciary is a democratic society cannot remain aloof of the realities of the operating environment even if only for the pragmatic necessity to maintain its relevance in the society.
“It has a critical role in mediating conflicts and upholding human rights through a robust interpretation of law. This is particularly so in societies like Nigeria, where the judiciary has been previously implicated in validating authoritarian rule and thus undermining the rule of law.
“A firm stance will enable the judiciary earn credibility, promote justice, foster peace, contribute to societal recovery and most importantly promote the rule of law. In all these, the expectation is highly focused on the Supreme Court s the final determination
“Let me therefore charge you to join hands with your brother justices of this court in order to continue to sustain the confidence of the general public in the judiciary.
“The code of conduct for judicial officers is always there to guide you. I have every confidence that you would not fail this court and the nation. I urge you to strive hard to discharge your duties in accordance with the oath of office you have subscribed to, having the fear of Almighty God in your heart and always following the dictates of your conscience.”
Among those that attended the event yesterday was the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio.