The outgone Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has said the independence of the judiciary was imperative in the working of a modern society.
He said if the judiciary must function effectively and peacefully, it “must be protected, sustained and carefully handled”
According to Mohammed, “We must therefore continue to guard the eternal flame of Justice in our land in other to ensure that it is not extinguished.”
Mohammed, who made this call in his valedictory speec at the Supreme Court, Abuja, on Thursday, said where the rule of law is disregarded, “then the sentinel of civilisation is missing.”
He warned that if this happened the consequences would be too heavy for any society to bear.
He admonished judges to be impartial in discharge of their duty, reminding them that impartiality is a fundamental requirement of a Judge .
“Conversely, it is clear that judicial competence is diminished and compromised when a judge is debilitated by misconduct, corruption, and other vices.
“It is also important for your lordship, as judicial officers, to be impartial as the blind face of Lady Justice. You must remember that impartiality is the fundamental quality required of a judge and the core currency of repute that engenders respect for the judiciary.
“Though various dynamics and court room antics may abound, but you must remain as the resolute face of Justice. When you do, then the judiciary will burn a beacon of hope for the common man”, he said.
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