- Governor Ben Ayade has called for a shift in Nigerian law from codification to principles of reality
- While swearing-in new judges, the governor charged them to take their appointments as a great task and make the law their driving force
- Ayade charged the new appointees not to pervert justice and enslave their consciences; advising them to remain in poverty instead
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has called for Nigerian laws to be updated, saying that they have been static for too long, Daily Trust reports.
He made the comments during the swearing-in-ceremony of three new High Court judges - Emmanuel Agiampuye Ubua, Obo Awusa Obo and Imelda Bassey Etape - at the state executive chambers.
NAIJ.com gathers that the governor called for a shift from codification to what he described as “principles of reality”.
Ayade noted that lean liberty is better than a fat slavery; and charged the new judges to take their appointments as a great task.
He stated: “You had rather stay in your poverty as a judge than to have all the wealth and have your soul enslaved to your conscience because you have perverted justice.”
The governor stressed the need for the judges to see arbitration as the alternative to conflict resolution and the most welcome concept in modern legislative and legal practice, and challenged them to make law their only driving force.
He stated: “The judiciary requires men of honour and integrity, who appreciate true value and honour, who understand ethics and morality and the science that man is a spiritual being. In whatever you do, there will be a time where your deeds will be accounted for.”
On behalf of the judges, Imelda Bassey Etape thanked the governor for the honour bestowed on them, and also expressed gratitude to God for being gracious to them.
She also thanked the Nigerian Bar Association for its support and assured Ayade that she and her colleagues would carry out their duties diligently.
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This development comes following reports by NAIJ.com that Governor Ben Ayade stated that his foreign trips are not self-serving, but in the state’s best interest.
Ayade made the comment at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, after arriving from a nearly one month trip to Asia. He made the comment in response to insinuations that he usually abandons his state for jamboree trips.
According to the governor, his Asian trip would serve Cross River well as modalities had been put on ground to ensure that the factories at various stages of construction across the state become operational soon.
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