I won’t condone indolence in judiciary – CJN tells new appointees

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, on Monday warned that the Judiciary under his watch would not condone any form indolence among judges.

Justice Muhammad urges judges to always be guided by the laws of the land and remain faithful to their oath of office.

The CJN spoke in Abuja while administering oaths on 11 newly appointed judges for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said: “You must detach yourselves from those judges that have the penchant for sitting whenever it suits their desire.

“Know it today that your subsequent elevation to the appellate courts will be roundly dependent on, not just the number of judgments you give within a certain time frame, but also the quality and impact of such judgments on our jurisprudence.

“The position you now occupy is seen as the hallmark of integrity and moral rectitude. Your passion for those conducts that may easily fail integrity test must begin to diminish, as all eyes now ply through your demeanour and disposition at a supersonic rate.

“You can always live above board and within your limited resources, if you chose to. The choice is at your disposal. The Judiciary, as we all know, is not a bed of roses; neither is it a stream that flows with milk and honey. It is purely for those whose lifestyle recline the bounds of contentment. That is the sole reason why we are the oracles of God on earth.”

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