- Justice Tanko Muhammad has urged judges to always protect the interest of Nigerians in the court of law
- Muhammad said democracy could only thrive in the country when fundamental rights of the citizens are respected
- According to Muhammad, judges must be constantly reminded Democracy in itself is nothing if fundamental principles enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria
The acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Monday, March 12, urged judges across Nigeria to always protect the interest of Nigerians in the court of law.
Muhammad while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2019 refresher course for judges and kadis at National Judicial Institute in Abuja said democracy could only thrive in the country when fundamental rights of the citizens, epitomized by free and fair elections, were respected.
Vanguard reports that Muhammad also said that the judiciary as the only arm of the government constitutionally vested with powers to reconcile the interest between “the powerful” with those of “the voiceless poor", judges must make effort to ensure fairness in the judgments.
He said the judges across the country must be constantly reminded Democracy in itself is nothing if fundamental principles enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria.
He said: “These are principles, which we as judicial officers are called to protect. “Brother judges, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, our nascent democracy has to be nurtured, consolidated and developed even as we will be faced with the arduous task of adjudicating over election petitions as we are in an election year."
“We must be constantly reminded that Democracy in itself is nothing if fundamental principles enshrined in the Constitution of this nation cannot be readily determined in constitutional adjudication by a Judiciary manned by upright Judicial Officers," Muhammad said.
“This is premised on the fact that as the society depends on justice, those who are singularly advantaged to do justice to all manner of persons, must ensure that they themselves are standing erect far away from all manners of injustice.
“In this light, I must not fail to emphasise at this forum, that Judges are enjoined to ensure the protection of constitutionally enshrined human rights of the citizens.
“Our institution, the Judiciary, is the only Arm of Government vested with such powers. The interest of the powerful must always be reconciled with those of the voiceless poor," the acting CJN added.
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Manwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Muhammad resumed duty as he presided over a five-man panel of the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, January 28.
Others sitting alongside Justice Muhammad on the panel at the Monday’s sitting are Justices Mary Peter-Odili, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi and Paul Galinje.
Justice Muhammad's resumption followed his appointment as acting CJN on Friday, January 25, after the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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