The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that under his leadership, the judiciary would not subscribe to any plot to change the outcome of elections through the instrumentality of the court.
The CJN who stated this while swearing-in Justice Ishaq Bello as the new Chief Judge, CJ, for the Federal Capital Territory today, said he was aware that "some unpatriotic citizens may wish to use the courts to stop the electoral process". He said:
"Permit me to use this opportunity to again assure all Nigerians that, under my leadership, the Judiciary remains resolute and committed to do its constitutional duty during this election period.
We will not be swayed or distracted from the course of justice in any election matter that
is before or comes before the justice system. It bears reminding to all heads of courts that you are primarily responsible for the preservation of our nation's democracy. I strongly advise all judicial officers not to allow any party or politician to use the courts to truncate our nation's democracy.
We are aware that some unpatriotic citizens may wish to use the courts to stop the electoral process and I wish to warn in clear terms that we shall not be used as a tool for the breakdown of law and order in our beloved country", the CJN added.