THE Presiding Justice, Awka Judicial Division of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu- Ihieme has urged Nigerians not to lose confidence in the judiciary over cases of compromises among judges in the judicial system of the country.
She said such exceptional cases he described as bad eggs were not enough to lose confidence in the third arm of government, insisting that the judiciary remained the last hope of the common man.
Speaking in Ihiala, Anambra State, shortly after the ground breaking ceremony of the Ihiala Bar Centre project, as part of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ihiala Branch 3rd Law Week 2020, Nwosu-Ihieme called on lawyers in Nigeria and Ihiala in particular, to ensure their words and deeds promoted justice.
She maintained that such attitudes were the only way to move forward in Nigeria.
She said, “No doubt, Nigerians are losing confidence in the judiciary because of some of the things happening in the judiciary. But I urge them to still believe in the fact that in every twelve there must be a Judas, but that is not enough for them to lose confidence in the judiciary.
“Even among the disciples of Jesus Christ they had Judas, so Nigerians should not lose confidence in the judiciary, it is still the last hope of the common man and we are praying that those of us who sit in judgement over others, like Caesar’s wife, must be above board, that is the key word.
“As lawyers we are all officers in the temple of justice, whatever we do, whatever we say, must be things that will promote justice and justice alone, that is the only way to move forward.”
Describing the Bar Centre project as historic, being the first of its kind in the area, Nwosu-Ihieme was glad it was taking place in her time, expressing optimism of visiting the facility after completion.
“I pray that in some years to come this Bar Centre we are laying its foundation stone today is where lawyers in Ihiala will sit and discuss law and law alone, justice and justice alone, because our God is God of law and justice.
“This bar will produce so many Senior Advocates, Judges and Justices up to the Supreme Court, that is our wish for the younger ones,” she added.
Earlier, Chairman of Chairmen of the eight branches of NBA in the State and Chairman of Ihiala Branch, Mr. Vitalis Ihedigbo, called for concerted steps among lawyers targeted at upgrading their Information Communication Technology skills, if they were to remain relevant in the emerging era that is already staring in their faces.
“The period of being complacent with our usual ‘bread and butter’ practice is gone. The scope of hitherto special specialized ‘areas’ exclusively and traditionally reserved for lawyers are fast shrinking each passing day.