Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, has warned the newly sworn in chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court Justice Salisu Garba that he will not condone any act of recklessness from him.
Muhammad gave the warning at the swearing-in of Justice Garba as the substantive chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja yesterday.
“The exercise that has just taken place should, in no way, be taken for granted or simply tagged as one of those usual ceremonies merely required to fulfill set procedures and obligations.
“With me sitting before you, I will confidently tell you that this is an oath like no other.
“I am saying this because as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, I will not condone any act of recklessness, abuse of power and public trust; and above all, the misuse of God-endowed opportunities,” he said.
He said the CJ should count himself fortunate to be so entrusted with the humongous responsibility of presiding over the affairs of the FCT Judiciary.
“I should remind Your Lordship that trust is a burden and you must discharge it with utmost sincerity, honesty and transparency, as conscience is an open wound which only truth can heal.
“You must resolutely rise and operate above every sentiment that might play out in the course of your tenure.
“I have a personal and official knowledge of my lord for a very long time as a studious and visionary judicial officer and I am absolutely confident that nothing contrary shall steer us in the face by virtue of this new status”.
He urged the CJ to conduct his affairs within the ambit of the law and the oath that was just administered on him.
“Anything short of that will place you on a collision course with history; and God will ask you the questions that you might not be confident enough to answer.
“This is not an occasion for long speeches or homily, because as a senior judicial officer, this is certainly not the first time you are taking an oath. So, you must have heard different admonitions on how to be upright and always live above reproach”.
He, therefore, urged the chief Judge to bring his inherent qualities to bear on his new position and never see it as an opportunity to suppress, oppress, repress or settle scores with known or imaginary enemies.
“You must not embark on any voyage of vendetta because your new position is not only a test of your ingenuity and administrative prowess but equally, a window to peep and clearly gauge your level of tolerance and human relations.
“There is no doubt that temptations, tribulations, intimidations and even sheer blackmails may be freely unleashed on you but as a thoroughbred judicial officer that I have known you to be, you must guide your loins to rise above such fleeting but temper-torching moments and do what will earn you accolades in the court of public opinion,” he said.
Garba has been in an acting capacity as FCT CJ after the retirement of Ishaq Bello in January 2021.(NAN)