he Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has opened up on its expectations from the newly appointed acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the NBA as saying Justice Ariwoola is expected to rebuild the almost dissipated confidence that Nigerians have in the Judiciary and the wider legal profession in Nigeria.
NBA’s President, Olumide Akpata made this known in a statement while pledging the association’s resolve to work with the new acting CJN in cleansing the Augean Stable and addressing the ills that have continued to plague not just the Judiciary but the entire legal profession.
Recall that Justice Ariwoola was sworn in on Monday as acting CJN by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the resignation of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as CJN. Tanko resigned as CJN on health grounds.
The NBA in the statement released by Akpata wished Tanko a quick recovery even as the association prayed for a well-deserved peaceful retirement for him.
The statement reads: “The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has received the news of the resignation, on grounds of ill health, of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Dr. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, CFR.
“We thank His Lordship for his lengthy service to the nation, and wish him quick recovery even as we pray for a well-deserved peaceful retirement. In the course of previous publications and communications, I have consistently appreciated the outgone Chief Justice of Nigeria for the cordial working relationship between the Bar and the Bench under our respective administrations. I must do so again today as he bows out
“It is however impossible, to consider His Lordship’s retirement in isolation of the recent unprecedented developments at the Supreme Court where 14 Justices of the Court censured the outgone Chief Justice of Nigeria over His Lordship’s handling of their welfare and related issues. Beyond this, there is near universal agreement that public confidence in the Judiciary and indeed the legal profession is at an all-time low.
“There is now more than ever the need for urgent reforms in the Judiciary and to rebuild the almost dissipated confidence that Nigerians have in the Judiciary and the wider legal profession in Nigeria. These should form the immediate first tasks for Honourable Mr. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who is expected to now take over as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“The NBA welcomes the appointment of Honourable Mr. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola and pledges its readiness to work together with His Lordship and the Judiciary in cleansing the Augean Stable and addressing the ills that have continued to plague not just the Judiciary but the entire legal profession”.