The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has told judges to be wary of the antics of politicians as the 2019 general elections draw near.
Justice Onnoghen gave the advice in Abuja on Thursday at the opening this year’s edition of the Annual Conference of Justices of Court of Appeal.
He warned judges against keeping company of politicians whom in their desperation to have their ways could destroy the hard earned reputation and integrity of the judiciary.
His words: “Let me remind us that our salvation remains in our hands; so in the approaching frenzied political activities leading to the 2019 general elections, let us continue to watch the company we keep.
“Watch the people we open our doors to lest we unwittingly open ourselves to ridicule and embarrassment as the politicians will do anything not necessarily legal, to have their way including destroying our hard earned reputation and integrity.
“I therefore say to all of us, be strong, courageous, fair but firm. Stick to the constitutional provisions, the law and doctrine of precedents and you cannot go wrong.
“Even when you are wrongly accused, as we very much are, be patient and remain assured that ‘truth crushed to the earth shall rise again the eternal years of God are hers.’
“As you may be aware, the National Judicial Council at it’s just concluded meeting, approved the elevation of 14 Judges to the Court of Appeal to fill in vacancies that had existed hitherto in the Court.
“This will certainly help to reduce the work load for the Justices of the court, as well as help in your preparations as we approach election year in our country.
“Your level of preparation, coupled with the determination of Mr. President, Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR to bequeath to Nigeria a legacy of credible election process, will guarantee the peace and stability we all desire.”