The newly inaugurated Chief Judges of the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court have been charged by Justice Tanko Muhammad, Chief Justice of Nigeria, to help themselves first for God to help them to justify their oath of office.
The Herald gathered that Muhammad made this charge on Friday, December 13, after the oaths of office were administered to the new chief judges.
The new judges were Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court and Justice Benedict Kanyipp of the National Industrial Court at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja.
According to him,“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 realized an issue of conflict of interest. Doing otherwise would bring about a lot of challenges.
“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 sympathize with the person that is sworn in.
“Why did I say so? All your conduct, all your dealings must be within that oath. Remember that the oath is a dealing between you and your creator, we are only witnessing it.
“An office like that of a judge is something that requires prayers for the person that is taking the oath. So we pray that God will see you through to the end of your tenure. You have said God help you. But God will only help you if you help yourself.
“And the only way you can help yourself is to know your onions, know the people you move with and know your principles. Don’t let anybody disturb your principles.”