- VP Yemi Osinbajo says the weaknesses exposed in the nation’s judiciary are disturbing
- Osinbajo said the situation in the judiciary provides opportunity for deep introspection and self-assessment
- The vice president said the courts must always measure up to the moral, ethical and statutory standards custodians of law ascribe to
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described as ‘disturbing’, the weaknesses exposed in the nation’s judiciary.
The vice president made the comment at the Body of Benchers Nigeria Award Night which held at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja on Friday, March 29, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Osinbajo, who was an awardee at the event, said the situation in the judiciary provides opportunity for deep introspection and self-assessment.
He said the right but ‘difficult path’ is the path of renewal; pointing out that the path of ‘business as usual’ could lead to the extinction of the credibility of the legal profession.
He said: “This always presents opportunity for reforms to reclaim the tradition of virtuous ethics, moral inquiry and doggedness in the dispassionate and impartial application of law, no matter whose ox is gored.
“We owe the young, aspiring lawyers a duty to set the ground rules right and to lead by example. We as custodians of law owe our nation at the very least, a duty to ensure the proper functioning of the justice system.
“Our professional practice and the courts must always measure up to the moral, ethical and statutory standards that we ascribe to.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was said to have met with a 12-man team of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over the suspension of the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, where a 6-point resolution was conceived.
The NBA team reportedly met with Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa to seek a soft landing for Onnoghen.
The team was reportedly led by its national president Paul Usoro (SAN) and two former presidents.
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