As a doctrine to formally kick start a legal year in Lagos State, Stakeholders in judiciary simultaneously held service at the Lagos State Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Idumota, and Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos Island, to seek spiritual guidance for the new legal calendar year.
Speaking during this service, an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Lagos State University (LASU), Mr Kabir Paramole, who spoke on the topic “Essence of Effective Administration of Justice in Nigeria” at the Lagos Central Mosque, stated that it would be difficult for the country to move forward without Justice and fairness doctrine.
Prof. Paramole who admonished judges to have the fear of Allah in the dispensation of justice, urged both the Bar and the Bench to ensure that justice is delivered within short period.
He noted that when justice is delivered within short term, it will restore people’s hope in seeking for justice and deterred criminal activities in the country.
Contributing, Imam Ishaq Tejidini, enjoined Judges to put extra effort in seeking truth and to do justice according to law without being bias while adjudicating on matters.
Imam Tejidini said everyone appointed as a magistrate or a judge must know that his or her duty is to obey the law.
In his own message, a clergyman, Reverend Akin Atere admonished judges and lawyers to shun corrupt practices while enforcing the law.
The clergy decried some of the corrupt practices of lawyers which has clogged the wheel of justice in the nation.
Speaking on a sermon titled “The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength”, Rev. Atere said the soul of Nigeria is in the hands of the judges because they determine almost all the key affairs of the nation.