The Hon CJN urged state governors and public office holders to be sincere in the fight against corruption, noting that action speaks louder than words.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has issued an official statement, warning politicians not to insult judges.
The statement released by his media aide, Mr. Ahuraka Isah, reads “The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Mahmud Mohammed has admonished politicians, most especially heads of governments, to refrain from disparaging the integrity and reputation of the judiciary.
“This is against the backdrop of reactions to the outcomes of some governorship, National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal matters in the country, where some politically exposed persons, state governors and even lawyers to some litigants, averred that these verdicts were influenced by money and political pressure.
“His lordship insists that the fight against corruption is a collective responsibility especially amongst public officials, particularly the state governors who are equally the chief security officers of their respective states.
“He said it is not just enough to say the judiciary is corrupt or that that judge was bribed to deliver a judgement; at the same time look the other way while thugs enter courts to beat judges, tear court processes and bomb the courts to prevent the delivery of some judgments.
“His lordship noted that corruption is a common denominator experienced by all sections of government and as such, each head of government should look inward to devise strategies that will clear the Augean stables of corruption.
“The Hon CJN urged state governors and public office holders to be sincere in the fight against corruption, noting that action speaks louder than words.”