Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Tuesday, stressed the need for all stakeholders in the judiciary to work as a team to overcome the current challenges confronting that arm of government.
Speaking at the swearing-in of a new Chief Justice of the State, Justice Bello Abass, Tambuwal said recent arrests of senior members of the judiciary had placed a huge burden which required unity of purpose to overcome.
He said the judicial arm of government held an important role in the society, and that judges must always live above board to set example.
He said his administration would partner with all the arms of government to ensure quick and efficient dispensation of justice for the benefit of the society.
“For us in the executive, we consider the other two arms of government as equal partners. We will stand side by side with the judiciary to ensure that quality justice is dispensed.
“What the judiciary is facing in Nigeria today is a trial moment. As the Chief Judge in Sokoto, you are likely to face similar challenges confronting judiciary in Nigeria. I want to assure you that we will work with you to achieve success,” the Governor said.
Governor Tambuwal admonished family and friends of the new Chief Judge to avoid exerting undue pressure on him, because he had little or no favour to dispense.
“Let me appeal to family, friends and well-wishers not to exert undue pressure on the Chief Judge. As you are aware, he has no contract to give, and has no favour to dispense. You should pray for him to enable him succeed in his new task,” he added.
“We will give you unconditional support. And within the limited resources available, we will ensure you overcome the challenges facing you in your places of work,” Tambuwal said.
Justice Abass succeeded Justice Aishat Dahiru who retired from service in August after twenty years as Chief Judge of Sokoto State.
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