Friday, 3 March 2017

[NG]Stand up against corruption, Ahmed tells judges

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged the judiciary to stand up against corruption by upholding the rule of law. The governor, who spoke at the swearing-in of the Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court, Kadi Muhammed Ola Abdulkadir, said judges should be bold, fearless, incorruptible, follow the principles of the Constitution and promote democracy. He noted that integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development. His words: “The judiciary must be inclusive and promote social justice. Ensuring equal treatment of all before the law goes a long way in building trust in the credibility of the judicial system.” Ahmed stressed that all citizens must have unrestricted and equal access to justice at all times, and the rights of all must be protected regardless of gender, age or status. He said justice helps a society create organised human relations and forms the basis of strong institutions and good governance.
“In recognition of the need for justice, this administration will continue to prioritise promotion of the rule of law and enhance access to justice. This is for us to meet the aspirations of our citizens for a just, safe and secure society, which is crucial for sustainable development,” Ahmed added. The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kamaldeen Ajibade, said the Grand Khadi satisfied constitutional provisions relating to his appointment. Ajibade pledged to live up to the people’s expectation. He promised to reflect transparency, honesty, justice and accountability in the judicial system and to build on the legacies of his predecessors.

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