by Lekan Olanrewaju
President Jonathan has asked the newly sworn in Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Aloma Mukhtar, to create special courts for terrorism and corruption related cases. The President made this request on Monday at the swearing-in ceremony of Mukhtar which took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This, according to him, would help restore the faith of the people in the ability of the government to deliver justice.
“I am confident that the judiciary under your able leadership will rise up to the challenge and provide the most needed support for government to address these challenges,” he said. “Our citizens complain of delayed trials particularly in cases of corruption, terrorism and other matters of serious concern.”
“These complaints have led to frequent calls for special courts or designation of special judges to handle them with the required experience and speed.” he continued. “It will be your prerogative to consider and decide on this call. But I am sure that the entire country is in agreement that justice delayed is justice denied.”
The President also heaped praises on Justice Mukhtar, noting her various achievements till date.
“Ladies and gentlemen, there is the hand of destiny in the life of this distinguished jurist.” he said. “From the records, her lordship has always been a trailblazer in her judicial journey.”
“She was the first female lawyer of the Northern extraction, the first female high court judge from the North, first female second in command Kano State judiciary, the first Nigerian female jurist to be elevated to the Court of Appeal where she served for over 17 years at the appellate court.”
“Today, she has risen to the pinnacle of her judicial career as the first female CJN in further service of our great country.” he continued. “My lord, I congratulate you.”
“Her lordship’s achievement is an inspiration to all citizens especially womanhood not only in Nigeria but also in Africa and the rest of the world. The Honourable CJN now joins an eminent and exclusive list of achievers recognised throughout the world as beacon of hope in this century”