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Nigeria Is Sliding Because Judges Are Afraid To Discharge Their Duties – Governor Wike


Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has declared that the country is sliding because judges are afraid to function in line with their oath of office.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Women Judges, South-South chapter on Tuesday, Governor Wike stressed that judges must always uphold the law.

He said: “The problem with Nigeria today is because people are afraid to say the truth. Judges are afraid. They don’t want to be identified. That is why the country is sliding down.”

He regretted that Nigerians have allowed the country to degenerate so low, charging judges not to allow themselves to be intimidated by any other arm of government.

He said, “Whether you like it or not, people will accuse you. So, you must go ahead to do what is right.
“Whatever you do, people will accuse you. You must understand the oath of office that you took.”

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He said that the Judiciary must defend itself from irrelevant accusations from other arms of government.
The Governor noted that the Judiciary should not allow the Executive and Legislative arms of the government to muzzle them.

Earlier, Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara said that the judges are in the state for a workshop organised by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.

The Chief Judge said that the workshop will help the judges to administer justice.
She said women judges from the six South-South states are in Port Harcourt for the conference.

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