- Justice Walter Onnoghen has explained why he rejected the call for the formation of an association of Nigerian judges
- According to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the mandate of a judicial officer is adjudication, not advocacy
- He said Nigerian Bar Association does advocacy for lawyers since sitting judicial officers cannot grant media interviews
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, says judges cannot form an association to speak for them when under attack because their mandate is adjudication, not advocacy.
Onnoghen said this on Wednesday, April 25, in Abuja at the unveiling of Apex Quarterly Magazine, a maiden in-house publication of the Nigerian judiciary, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that he recalled that during the 2017 All Nigeria Judges Conference, a judge from one of the jurisdictions advocated for the formation of an association of Nigerian judges to speak for judiciary when under attack.
He said: "This is like what the Nigeria Bar Association does for lawyers, since sitting judicial officers cannot grant media interviews.
“The judge’s position was that periodic press statements issued after the meetings of the National Judicial Council are too few and far between to make any impact.
“My obvious response, however, was an emphatic `No’, because the mandate of a judicial officer is adjudication and not advocacy."
He, however, expressed optimism that the publication being unveiled, would like all literature, chronicle events of the judiciary for posterity.
The CJN said the publication was a milestone achieved in the quest to improve public perception of the judiciary by the Nigerians.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Chief Justice of Nigeria (NJC), Walter Onnoghen, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption was not losing steam.
After some courts ruled on corruption cases before them as brought by agencies of the government, many Nigerians reacted with claims that the president had lost the battle.
While speaking with journalists after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Onnoghen said the government could appeal the cases it had lost.
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