The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, has charged judges to rise above the murky waters of failure and infamy.
Ariwoola gave the charge Thursday at the swearing – in ceremony of 39 newly appointed members of the election petition tribunals for the 2023 general elections.
By the oaths taking, the judges have been armed with the power to adjudicate on electoral disputes.
Describing the terrain as dreaded, the CJN reminded them that as judicial officers, the onus is on them to keep aloft the banner of honesty and integrity that the judiciary has painstakingly hoisted over the years.
While restating further the need to justify the confidence reposed on them, he said their appointment to serve in the tribunal is well conceived.
“Your participation in these tribunals at this crucial phase of the Nigeria judiciary is not by accident but a national assignment that will literally put the contents of your conscience to test.
“It behoves on you to willingly submit yourselves to the sanctity of the rule of law and supremacy of the constitution in the discharge of your judicial functions,” he said.