Rivers governor Nyesom Wike has called on judges in the country to always do justice so that Nigerians do not lose faith in the judiciary.
He said the courts should not only work to end the era of delayed justice, but also ensure that justice is never denied to the people.
The governor made the comments during the public presentation of a book titled “Legal Paradigm in Nigeria: A New Direction in the Study of Law and Practice,” unveiled in honor of retired Chief Justice Abdul Aboki in Abuja on Friday.
In a statement from his media assistant, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike quoted Wike as emphasizing that a strong justice system was necessary for the survival of democracy.
He said: “The judiciary is dying where it lies in a comatose state and removed from the citizens’ aspirations for good governance, the rule of law, the protection of fundamental rights and the guarantee of free and fair elections.
“The judiciary dies when it can be easily manipulated; when justice can be obtained; when injustice is done instead of justice to the aggrieved parties; or when resorting to self-help and other remedies outside the law become the preferred norm of citizens.
“Justice can be delayed, which is not acceptable, but it must never be denied or denied for the judiciary to serve as an effective watchdog of our democracy and thwart the evil intentions of the enemies of the people.
“So let’s continue to call on the federal government to strengthen our justice system by solving the challenges that argue for judicial effectiveness, as I did in Rivers State,” Wike said.
He praised Justice Aboki for “his illustrious career, immeasurable service and contributions to the growth of the legal profession, democracy, the rule of law and the advancement of the country.”
“While judges hold different social, economic and political beliefs, the Honorable Judge Aboki is proud of the progressive rank who stands up for what is right and just and believes that the law and the constitution, as interpreted and enforced by the courts, should both protect and promote the unity and well-being of the nation and its people,” Wike added.
Also in attendance was Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, who praised Aboki for his meritorious service to the nation and Wike for his tenacity and ability to speak truth to power.