Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) not to appoint as judges, lawyers who will not be courageous in the discharge of their judicial functions.
He said such lily-livered judges have moulded the judiciary into an institution that is not living up to its responsibility of dispensing justice according to law.
Wike spoke yesterday during the swearing-in of Justice Ihenacho Wilfred Obuzor as the Acting President of the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal at the Government House, Port Harcourt
The governor maintained that a judge who is bothered about who will be offended by his ruling or avoid being accused should not have been appointed in the first place because justice cannot be advanced in such a manner.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the judiciary is not living up to expectations. I should not be one of those who should be criticising it. But I am saying what is the reality. Any judge that does not have the mind and courage is not supposed to be a judge. So, NJC should consider, look at people, look at the judges, can they be courageous to do what is right.
“It should not be just that this person is intelligent. A judge should be firm and give judgment the way the law says it should be.”
Wike assured that the state government will not allow any courageous and bold judges in the state who are discharging his or her duties within the confines of the law to be blackmailed.