Nigerian judiciary committed to ensuring peace, justice – Onnoghen

Nigerian judiciary committed to ensuring peace, justice – Onnoghen
August 17 18:01 2017

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, said on Thursday that the judiciary is committed to ensuring that peace and justice reign in the country.

Onnoghen said this in his goodwill message at the Security Summit organised by the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“I bring you good will of the judiciary of this country. Our commitment to ensuring that things are done differently and fair manner and our commitment to having a better Nigerian society where peace and justice reign.

“I want to tell you also that although we always way that there are two sides to a coin, in reality there are three sides to a coin. And in our situation in terms of where we found ourselves today, it is my personal view that insecurity, corruption and impunity are the three sides of the same coin which ought to be taken holistically if we have to move the country forward,” he said.

He said there was the need for the commitment of all Nigerian, especially the hungry and those who feel deprived rightly or wrongly, to be able to carry the message through.

He said those who cry out might not really be having problems where they were pointing out, but there was the need to attend to such cries in case the cry was right in order to ensure justice and security and to quell the many agitations in the country.

Also speaking, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, who is also the cairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, said about 99.9 per cent of insecurity emanated from the states.

He said the primary responsibility of government was to secure the lives and property of the citizens, stressing that governors have been shouldering so many responsibilities on provision of logistics to the security operatives to stem insecurity at the grassroots.

He commended the federal government for the steps taken to achieve security and fight corruption in the country.

Yari said in spite of the progresses made in fighting insecurity in the North East, there was a resurgence of attacks on the people which he described as unfortunate.

He said security could not be achieved without tackling the economy, adding that the unemployed youth were the agents used to foment trouble, adding that there was the need to engage the youth to keep their minds off crimes.