The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Friday, charged the newly inaugurated Chief Judges of the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court to help themselves first for God to help them to justify their oath of office.
He said this after the oaths of office were administered to the new Chief Judges, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court and Justice Benedict Kanyipp of the National Industrial Court at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja. He reminded the new Chief Judges to know their onions, respect themselves and to be wary of their conduct and those they associated with.
“The law is not a respecter of persons,” he said, as he urged them to “deal with the situation as placed before you” and never to hesitate “to resign” when they realised an issue of conflict of interest. “Doing otherwise would bring about a lot of challenges,” the CJN warned.
He said, “As it is generally, oath-taking or swearing-in into an office is not something that is celebrated. It is something that actually requires that we sympathise with the person that is sworn in.