Governor Wike speaks on the importance of the Judiciary

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Nyesom Wike
Nyesom Wike

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has urged the nation’s judges to uphold the law at all times to maintain Nigerians’ faith in the system. 

He stated that the courts must seek to stop the time when justice was delayed as well as make sure that no one is ever denied justice. 

The governor made the comments during the public presentation of the book “Legal Paradigm in Nigeria: A New Direction in the Study of Law and Practice,” which was released on Friday in Abuja in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Abdul Aboki. 

Wike was cited as saying in a statement by his media assistant, Kelvin Ebiri, that a robust judicial system was necessary for the survival of democracy.

He urged Nigerians not to neglect the judiciary unless the dreams and hopes for good leadership, fundamental human rights, the rule of law, and assurance of free and fair elections fall short.

He gives instances of the court being susceptible to manipulation, and how justice can be bought, when the wrongdoers receive injustice instead of justice, or when citizens prefer to use self-help and other illegal forms of redress, the judiciary dies.

He praised Justice Aboki for his distinguished career, incomparable service, and contributions to the advancement of the legal profession, democracy, the rule of law, and the nation.

He said, “While judges are of different social, economic and political persuasions, Honourable Justice Aboki prides himself among the progressive rank that stands up for what is right and just and believes that the law and the constitution, as interpreted and enforced by the courts, must both protect and advance the unity and well-being of the nation and its people,” 

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