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Courtesy Parley With the Chief Justice of Nigeria

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Courtesy Parley With the Chief Justice of Nigeria

The President of the African Bar Association Mr Hannibal Uwaifo led a delegation of some leaders of the Association on a courtesy parley with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad and other Justices of the Supreme Court. The meeting centred on issues affecting the Judiciary and Lawyers in Africa and how they can positively and effectively promote Good governance, access to justice and the rule of Law in Africa especially in Nigeria.

Mr Hannibal Uwaifo President of the Association while addressing the CJN and other Justices present described the Supreme Court bench as one of the best in Africa, carrying out its duties without fear and swallowing the aftermath of its judgement with stoic silence and equanimity.He said that the Present Supreme Court bench as led by Justice Tanko Muhammad has never stopped anyone or body from criticising the Court not have they joined issues with anyone

Mr Uwaifo stated that since by law the judgement of the Court is final , there is no need for the Court to respond or be worried by external comments no matter how harsh as such cannot change the Judgement or force the Court to allow publc opinion influence their decisions. He praised Hon Justice Tanko Muhammad for his continuous admonition of Lawyers to do away with advocating technical justice at the expense of the substance.He also praised the outstanding scholarship and industry of the the Judges who sit at the apex Court and assured them of the Support of the African Bar Association and Lawyers in Africa

Mr Uwaifo highlighted the activities of the Association and progress made across the Continent and beyond especially in the areas of Human rights, Elections, intervention in crisis and promotion of the principles of Constitutionality and the rule of law. He listed the achievement of the Association and invited to the CJN and other Justices to participate in the next conference of the Association holding in Niamey, Niger Republic from 1st - 5th August,2021.Responding the Chief Justice of Nigeria Hon Justice Tanko Muhammad thanked the Association for the visit and appreciated the comments and suggestions made by the President of the African Bar Association. He made it clear that Judges of the Supreme Court bench know what they are doing and work very hard to arrive at decisions. He stated that no one no matter how highly placed or close can ever influence the decisions of the Court. He advised Lawyers to feel free to interact with Judges of the Court in ethically accepted ways stating that the Justices needs to interact with Lawyers just as Lawyers needs to be with the Justices.He opined.that Justices of the Nigerian Supreme Court bench have received sufficient training to know what to do.at all times

He agreed with the remarks of the Association that Judges in Africa must work together to learn from each other and apply principles of Law that suits each other particularly in the areas of Judicial precedents and Judicial fraternity. He admonished the Association to invite him and Judges of the Supreme Court bench to deliver papers at Conferences and meetings. He also charged the Association to always invite Judges to Conferences where they can interact with the Bar to advance the Course of Justice and the Legal Profession

Justices Present took turns to address the visiting African Bar delegation during which very useful comments and suggestions were made by the Justices on how to advance the course of Justice and properly position the Legal Profession, ethical conducts and the relationship between the Bar and bench when praising the African Bar Association for its work across the Continent and bringing nthe various Legal systems and Lawyers together. Other Justices of the Court Present were Hon. Justices John inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Aba Aji, Abdu Aboki and a retinue of Supreme Court officials including the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court

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