‘Nigerians’ frustration, cynicism due to experiences with administration of justice’
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said a lot of the sense of frustration and cynicism that Nigerians today feel about the country is related to their experiences with the administration and dispensation of Justice
He said this at the swearing in of 14 new high court judges, imploring them to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
The governor stated that the judicial arm of government is an essential element for the proper and effective functioning of any democratic society.
“Without the honest interpretation and application of the laws of the land, society would be consigned to an existence of chaos and confusion.
“The standards of behavior and practice expected of Judges are among the highest and most stringent in the land. All eyes will be on you to dispense Justice speedily, yet fairly and impartially. You will be expected to live and act above board in all circumstances.
“In your hands lies great power: the power to punish wrongdoers and free the innocent, the power to send a strong message to society about the primacy of the rule of law, and to contribute to the growing body of jurisprudence in the country.”
Sanwo-Olu, nonetheless, said the power must be wielded with the utmost sense of care and responsibility. “You must not only be efficient and fair, but you must also be seen to be efficient and fair by all.
“I charge you, the judges being sworn-in today, to make every effort to acquaint yourselves with the ongoing reforms being pursued at subnational and Federal levels. Be enthusiastic about your use of the new technologies being deployed. Strive to always be forward- looking and innovative in your thinking.”
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the number of judges in the state has increased to 70 of which 24 were sworn in during Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
In his remarks, the Chief Judge of Lagos, Kazeem Alogba thanked the governor for his support on the appointment of the newly appointed judges praying that God would continue to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to lead in this turbulent time while urging the judges to be proactive in performing their duties.
Giving the votes of assurance on behalf of the newly appointed judges, Olubusola Okunuga, promised that they would discharge their duties without disappointing Lagosians but would make Lagos judiciary proud.