As activities for the 2019 general elections heat up, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen has called on judges in the country to be wary of desperate politicians who may come knocking on their doors.
He gave this advice on Thursday during the opening of the 2017 Court of Appeal Judges Conference at the headquarters of the Court in Abuja, stressing that judges should be careful so as not to subject themselves to ridicule and embarrassment.
“Let me remind us that our salvation remains in our hands; so in the approaching frenzied political activities leading to the 2019 General Elections let us continue to watch the company we keep, the people we open our doors to lest we unwittingly open ourselves to ridicule and embarrassment as the politicians will do anything not necessarily legal, to have their way including destroying our hard earned reputation and integrity.
“I therefore say to all of us, be strong, courageous, fair but firm. Stick to the constitutional provisions, the Law and doctrine of precedents (stare – decisis) and you cannot go wrong. Even when you are wrongly accused, as we very much are, be patient and remain assured that ‘Truth crushed to the earth shall rise again the eternal years of God are hers'”, the CJN averred.