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Judiciary, Most Veritable Instrument Of Development, Says Ambode

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan and Judith Eshemitan

Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday September 28 2015, described the judicial arm of government as the most veritable instrument of development.
The governor, who spoke at a special church service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos as part of activities marking the commencement of the 2015/2016 legal year of the state judiciary, stressed that the importance of the judiciary to the development of mankind could not be over-emphasised.
Ambode therefore restated the determination of his administration to partner with the judiciary for the overall development of the state.
The activities for the new legal year of the judiciary began amid fanfare and prayers with religious services held at the church  and Lagos Central Mosque.
Earlier in his sermon at the church, Rt. Rev. B. J. Adeyemi, the Lord Bishop of Badagry Diocese, said the judiciary has an enormous role to play in the fight against corruption.
He said as a chosen vessel in the temple of justice, the judiciary had a great role to play in the fight against corruption.
According to the clergyman, “God is looking for men and women who fears him and not men. With the judges, Lagos State will continue to be a state of excellence.
“I urge you to live up to your position as impartial judges. You have a choice between serving God and yourselves,” he counselled.
The cleric prayed God to heal the land, and asked for grace on the judges to do what is right always.
He also prayed for God’s protection over  the judges, and that no evil should befall them.
At the mosque service, an islamic scholar and professor of history, Tajudeen Gbadamosi urged judges not to frustrate President Muhammud Buhari’s zeal to wipe out corruption with their injunctions.
Gbadamosi, who is also the Chairman of Muslim Community in the state, in his lecture titled “Ethics of Wealth”, urged Nigerians to earn their wealth lawfully and spend it responsibly and also show caution about the wealth of others.
Gbadamosi urged judges to be pro-active and perform their duty with fear of God without favour or bias to the people, no matter their class, political affiliation or status in the society.
“Wholesome wealth could be some profit from our capital, wages for our labour, an inheritance, or a gift. Our wealth should never come from bribery, theft, robbery, deceit, interest, gambling and the rest.
“Public perception of the justice system in Nigeria, especially with regard to fraud and corruption, is that the more you steal, the less your prison terms.
“We have seen numerous examples, especially within the last few years, of people who stole from the public treasury, from our commonwealth and who diverted public funds for selfish use,  yet these people got court judgment which could at best be described as ‘a tap on the hand’,” he said.
The service was attended by the Deputy Governor, Idiat Oluranti-Adebule; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, judges, lawyers, judiciary workers among others.
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