What Ariwoola Said After Inauguration As Substantive CJN
The substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has urged politicians to allow the judiciary function properly as the 2023 elections approach.
Ariwoola stated this while speaking to State House Correspondents after his swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
The CJN also appealed to Nigerians to allow the judiciary to perform optimally and function well without any pressure.
He said: “Politicians should allow the judiciary to function. Law is not static and that’s why you have seen that the National Assembly continued to amend the laws and it is the laws that the courts apply to the facts available. We shall continue to do justice, if only Nigerians will allow us to perform and function without any pressure.”
Speakin on reforming the judiciary, Ariwoola explained that the computerisation of the Supreme Court records and other courts has started in order to address the delay in filing of cases.
He said: “We are computerising the Supreme Court already, and all other courts of records. So, that the delay in filing cases will become a thing of the past.
“We’re creating e-filing, we are creating e-diary so that lawyers can stay in the comfort of their chambers and contact the court, address the court by zoom.
“Computerization is already taking place, not only in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and other courts of record in Nigeria.”
Justice Ariwoola promised not to disappoint Nigerians and also vowed to ensure that the common man and citizens gets justice.
He said: I give all the glory to God and I believe the Lord that has taken me this far, will continue to support me to do the best for Nigerians and as I said on the 27th of June, when I was sworn-in in acting capacity, I shall not let Nigerians down because with the support of my brother justices.
“Like you can see all of them are here with me, as they were when I was sworn-in in acting capacity, with their support, we shall not fail Nigerians.
“We shall make progress and advance the judiciary of Nigeria to benefit, not only the common man, all men and women.”