Justice Onnoghen asks judges to align with Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade

onnoghenActing Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Samuel Walter Onnoghen, on Monday advised judicial officers to align themselves with President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign.

Onnoghen spoke in Abuja at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) while declaring open the 2016 Conference of All Nigerian Judges of the Lower Courts on the theme: ‘The Lower Courts as Veritable Instruments for Justice and Peace in a Democratic Society.’

The event was his first official assignment since he was inaugurated as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Speaking at the occasion on Monday, Justice Onnoghen said: “As ministers in the temple of justice, we must shun all corrupt practices in order to align ourselves with the anti-corruption strides of the current administration.

He also asked judicial officers to adhere to their oath of office.

He noted that an independent, strong, respectable and responsible judiciary was indispensable to the administration of justice and to have such an institution, “We must adhere to our Oath of Office as contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers,” he added.

Onnoghen also stated that as, “impartial arbiters, we must at all times uphold the rule of law, eliminate unnecessary delays and above all ensure that justice is dispensed promptly, without fear or favour, affection and ill-will to both parties in accordance with the provisions of the law.”

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The Administrator of the Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, in her welcome address also advised the judges participants to use their courts to engender justice and peace in the country.