Nigeria needs judges who fear God and are purely governed by their conscience and the law, according to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
Ariwoola said: “Nigeria, as we all can see and feel, is currently plagued with myriad of problems that require our sincere and honest interventions as judicial officers.
“We hear of corruptions of various forms, killings, kidnappings, armed robbery, banditry, and all forms of terrorism against the state and Individual citizens.
“Most often, these cases find their way to the court for the right and proper adjudication.
“At the crossroads that 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.
“The current state of affairs in the country needs nothing short of that,” he said.
Ariwoola spoke in Abuja while swearing-in the Acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Stanley Adekunle Lawal.
The CJN urged Justice Lawal to, among others, conduct himself decently, abstain from unmerited material possessions and ensure that he did not betray the trust reposed in him by Nigerians.