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“I will not condone any act of recklessness”, CJN warns new FCT CJ



“I will not condone any act of recklessness”, CJN warns new FCT CJ

By Ebere Agozie

Nigeria’s Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad has warned the newly sworn Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court Chief Justice Salisu Garba that he will not tolerate any recklessness on his part.

Muhammad gave the warning to the swearing-in ceremony of Judge Garba as the the substantive chief justice of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja on Monday.

“The exercise which has just taken place should in no way be taken for granted or simply labeled as one of those usual ceremonies simply necessary to fulfill established procedures and obligations.

“Wisit down in front of you, I will tell you with confidence that it is an oath unlike any other.

“I say this because, as Chief Justice of Nigeria, I will not condone any recklessness, abuse of power and public trust; and above all, the abuse of the opportunities offered by God, ”.

He said the CJ should feel lucky to be given the enormous responsibility of presiding over the affairs of the CTF‘s judiciary.

“I must remind Your Lordship that trust is a burden and that you must discharge it with the utmost sincerity, honesty and transparency, for conscience is an open wound which only truth can heal.

“You must resolutely rise up and operate above all feelings that may arise during your tenure.

“I have had personal and official knowledge of my Lord for a very long time as a studious and visionary bailiff and I am absolutely convinced that nothing to the contrary will put us face to face under this new statute”.

He urged the chief justice to conduct his affairs within the framework of the law and the oath just taken to him.

“Anything less than that will put you on a collision course with history; and God will ask you questions that you may not be confident enough to answer.

“This is not the occasion for long speeches or a homily, because as a bailiff, it is certainly not the first time that you have taken the oath. So you must have heard different warnings on how to be righteous and always live above reproach ”.

He therefore urged the Chief Justice to put his inherent qualities at the service of his new position and never see it as an opportunity to suppress, oppress, repress or settle scores with known or imagined enemies.

“You should not embark on any vendetta journey because your new position is not only a test of your ingenuity and administrative prowess, but also a window to take a look and clearly assess your level of tolerance and of human relations.

“There is no doubt that temptations, tribulations, intimidation and even pure blackmail can be unleashed freely upon you, but as the thoroughbred judicial officer that I have known you, you must guide your loins to rise above these fleeting but scorching moments. and do what will earn you praise in the court of public opinion.

“There is no mountain that is too high to climb; and there is no goal too difficult to achieve as long as you have the firm resolve to reach higher heights in life and write your name in the sand of time ”.

“All eyes are on you and always remember that your conduct will be publicly dissected and scrutinized.

“Do what is right in our law books and you will have your name etched in gold, do what is at odds with your conscience and you will get a scar that will end up damaging your ascent to a higher height in life. .

“Be guided by a good conscience and enjoy the best that Almighty God and Nigerian justice can offer you.”

The CJN declared: the letters and whole words of the oath taken must reside in a primordial place of your heart and be conscientiously applied in your daily management of the human and material resources of the justice of the Federal Capital Territory.

“It is a bond that you must engrave in the model of your heart while deciding all the questions which are put before you; and also by answering questions about your fellow judges and staff.

“Impartiality, impartiality, justice and fairness must form the backbone of your administration so that your Creator will be happy with you and history will hold an enviable place for you even when you are gone and forgotten.

“For the umpteenth time, I congratulate you on having reached the top of the judiciary of the Federal Capital Territory and also wish you all the good things that you can write in this new page which has just been opened in your life” , he added.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that on April 28, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Judge Garba as the substantive chief justice of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Garba served as CJ FCT after Ishaq Bello retired in January 2021.

President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the Senate to confirm in a letter sent to the Senate.

NAN reports that Judge Garba is from the local government area of ​​Malumfashi in Katsina state.

He was called to the bar in 1984 and completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program in 1985.

Garba was appointed a magistrate of the High Court of the CTF in 1989.

In 1997, he became Chief Registrar of the FCT High Court and was appointed judge of the FCT High Court in 1998. (NAN)


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