Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday tasked the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen to use his new office to wipe Nigerians back into line.
The President who spoke in a proverbial tone, said he was not envious of the new CJN, especially when he came into office at a time Nigeria was facing security, economic and other social challenges which had impeded its development.
He made these remarks at the inauguration of the Acting Chief Justice, Onnoghen, who took over from Justice Mahmud Mohammed.
According to Buhari his administration would not rest on its oars until the country is fully purged of corruption.
Buhari said, “I am being honoured today as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to say goodbye to the former Chief Justice and to congratulate him for the time he spent in the highly respected position.
“I congratulate the new Acting CJN who is coming at a time that the institution that he is going to head to play his role of the constitutional bodies after the executive the judiciary and legislature at this trying time for our nation.
“Trying time in the sense that the three identifiable problems this country is facing namely physical security, problem of economy and corruption but in this room contains the constitutional bodies that are responsible for the bringing Nigerians back into line in terms of security and managing it efficiently while making sure that the economy is resuscitated and that security of doing business at all stages in the country is free and fair.
“I sincerely congratulate the outgoing CJN and wish him the best of luck in his retirement life and I wish the incoming CJN a successful tour of this vital constitutional body of our country”.
Meanwhile, the immediate past CJN Mohammed bowed out on Thursday after attaining the mandatory 70years retirement age.
In a chat with State House correspondents, he said Nigerians should be willing to serve as “whistle blowers” in order to expose corrupt elements in the judiciary.
Mohammed also said corruption was present in all spheres of the country and the judiciary is not an exception.
His words, “We agree, corruption is everywhere, but you see we are all Nigerians.
“In the judiciary, it is there, we need the assistance of all Nigerians to help fish out those corrupt elements within us so that we could fight with vigour to deliver a clean judiciary for the nation to fight against corruption and to assist in revamping the economy for the interest of our country.
“This is because the judiciary has a big role to play in every aspect of our lives.”
Recall that some Judges and Justices of the Supreme Court recently came under arrest by officials of the Department of State Security over allegations of corruption.
While the development had divided members in the legal profession, the Federal Government had maintained that its sole aim for effecting the arrest on the judges was not to victimize them but to clean the sector from mess.