Prove your words on independent judiciary, Ekweremadu urges Onnoghen

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Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the Chief Justice of Nigerian, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to work towards protecting the rule of law and independence of the judiciary.

Ekweremadu gave the charge in his congratulatory message to Onnoghen who was sworn in by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as CJN on Tuesday, following his confirmation by the Senate last week.

A statement by the Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, quoted him as describing Onnoghen as “God-sent at this point in the history of the nation’s democracy.” Ekweremadu noted that the CJN had “acquitted himself most creditably” throughout his career, especially during the period he was acting as CJN and during his confirmation hearing at the

The Deputy Senate President said, “I congratulate you on this milestone of reaching the peak of your
career. I commend your demonstration of candour, deep belief in the principle of separation of powers and, importantly, the independence of the judiciary throughout your career and during your confirmation hearing on the floor the Senate.

“You have left no one in doubt of your capacity in terms of ideas and the courage to reform and reposition the judiciary as well as defend its independence and the rule of law. Therefore, I can only enjoin Your Lordship to live up to your assurances and pedigree in order to preserve and nurture nation’s democracy.”

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