By Ola Ajayi Onozure Dania Adeola Badru
Ibadan – Three states in the South-West, Lagos, Ondo and Oyo, yesterday, commenced the new legal year with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, admonishing stake holders in justice delivery system to embrace accountability, transparency and shun corrupt practices.
In his address at a service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, to commemorate the occasion, tagged ‘’Golden Jubilee Legal Year’’, Governor Ambode said the expectations of the citizenry from government were enormous, and it was important for all stakeholders to demonstrate patriotism and leadership, and work continuously to promote the rule of law and guarantee protection of lives and property.
Ambode who applauded the efforts of the judiciary in bringing sanity to the polity challenged judges and lawyers to embrace transparency and accountability in the administration of justice in order to enhance confidence in the legal system.
In her remarks, the acting Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, assured that the state’s judiciary, under her watch would effectively discharge its statutory duties of dispensing justice to the people.
Akeredolu expresses confidence in judiciary leadership
In his speech to mark the legal year, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said the country’s judiciary now has a leadership that can meet the expectations of the citizenry on spedy dispensation of justice.
Akeredolu, who expressed confidence in the leadership of the Bench, after the church service at St David’s Anglican Cathedral, Ijomu, Akure, said he was confident that the current leadership in the country’s judiciary was capable of providing good direction.
Why Nigeria must celebrate —Ajimobi
In his speech in Ibadan, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said for the country to still remain as one nation in the face of diversity and many challenges was enough reason for Nigerians to celebrate.
This was part of his remarks at the special prayer to commence the 2017/2018 Legal Year, held at the Oja’ba Cental Mosque, Ibadan.
Ajimobi who was represented at the event by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, maintained that his administration, since its inception six years ago, has been focused on the enthronement of peace, security and pursuit of the Rule of Law.
He further stated that the country remained strong in the abiding faith that there would be a better tomorrow for Nigerians if they could continue to work at the country’s dream for a greater Nigeria.
Meantime, the Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Joseph Akinfenwa, has sounded a note of warning to Nigerian leaders to meet the yearnings of their people saying their actions or inactions will either make or break the country in 2018.
He said this yesterday in Ibadan during activities marking the commencement of a new legal year at the St James Cathedral, Oke-Bola, Ibadan.
According to the cleric, the unfolding events that would dictate the future of the country would happen earlier than 2019 election period.