Shun Material Possessions, CJN Cautions Customary Court Of Appeal President


Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has cautioned the acting President, the Customary Court of Appeal of the FCT, Justice Adekunle Lawal to shun unnecessary material possessions that may expose his reputation to public ridicule.

Justice Ariwoola gave the charge on Friday, shortly after swearing in Justice Lawal as the acting President, the Customary Court of Appeal FCT.

“A lure with unmerited material possessions will not only weaken your reputation but equally impair your sense of judgment. That is not my wish for your Lordship anyway.

“However, you should always be very careful and vigilant too. In everything you do in the course of adjudicating, you must consult your God, the Constitution and your conscience,” the CJN said.

“We often hear of all manners of underhand dealings by some judicial officers, especially at the lowest rung of the ladder.

“I will like your Lordship to remember that destiny has placed this enormous responsibility on your shoulders to lead your brother judges and the entire staff of the Customary Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory, the CJN stated.

Justice Ariwoola reminded the acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal that being at the lower rung of the judicial ladder, “You are there to represent our interest and crystalise the image of the Nigerian judiciary by doing justice to all matters that come before your Lordship”.

The CJN advised Justice Lawal to always have at the back of his mind, “that at every point of your life, someone somewhere is right behind you and taking note of all your conduct”.

“You must not fail and you must not falter. At the crossroads we have found ourselves in Nigeria today, we are earnestly and passionately looking for a crop of judicial officers who will be role models that can confidently hoist the banner of honesty, integrity and uprightness”.

Ariwoola noted that the current state of affairs in the country needed nothing short of that.

He, therefore, enjoined Justice Lawal to endeavour to prove his adjudicatory and administrative ingenuity to earn a lasting reputation in the annals of the Nigerian judiciary.


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