BY IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI
ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan will, Monday, administer oath of office on the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, following the confirmation of his nomination by the Senate.

President Jonathan had on August 29, responded to recommendations of National Judicial Council, NJC, by appointing Justice Musdapher as Acting CJN.

He was asked to take over from Justice Aloysius Kastina-Alu who bowed out of the judiciary on August 28, upon clocking the 70 years mandatory retirement age for judicial officers within that cadre.

It will be recalled that the Senate last Wednesday, gave President Jonathan the nod to confirm Justice Musdapher as substantive CJN.

Meantime, the new CJN has pledged to extricate the judiciary from what he termed “prevailing iniquities”, stressing that “henceforth, there shall be zero-tolerance to judicial corruption or misconduct.”

Addressing judges and lawyers during a special court session at the Supreme Court in Abuja to mark the beginning of the 2011/ 2012 legal year, the CJN stressed that “it is very important to ensure that those who abuse the privilege of judicial authority are exposed, expunged, banished and punished.”

He said: “I feel it is necessary at this point, to strongly advise that those who cannot sustain true allegiance to their judicial oaths and abide by all the demands of the Code of Conduct for judicial officers to bow out immediately. I urge you to realise that there is no middle ground and no space on the bench for those adjudged to be unworthy arbiters of truth.

“As I have admitted on previous occasions, the extent to which prevalent societal currents have also engulfed the judiciary, demands great concern.

Judges and the judicial system must remain politically neutral and rise up to safeguard our fledging democracy. We must deflect the tides of impropriety and immunize the entire judicial system against all identified iniquities.

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