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Gov Ortom says rule of law, panacea for peace

Gov Ortom says rule of law, panacea for peace

Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom has urged the judiciary to continue to respect and uphold the tenets of the rule of law, saying it is the panacea to the country’s security, peace and development.

Ortom identified injustice as the bane of Nigerian society, adding that for meaningful living anywhere, there should be equity, fairness and justice.

Ortom attributed the last nationwide EndSARS protests to the total disregard for, or near absence of the rule of law, adding that the protests were clear signals and warning that the country needs to respect and enforce the rule of law to have enduring security, peace and development.

He commended the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Aondover  Kaka’an and the Benue State judiciary for a successful legal year and urged them to maintain the same spirit that made the state the best state judiciary in the country.

The Deputy Governor, who also spoke in his personal capacity, backed the call by Chief Bernard Hom, SAN, for a return to the old national anthem, which wordings, he said made more meaning than the current one.

He disclosed that he had made a case in the past for return to the original national anthem, which speaks to our consciousness as a people brought together as a nation to fulfil the aspirations of our founding fathers in love, peace and unity.

Earlier, the Justice Kaka’an said the theme of the celebration, “the rule of law: a panacea to security, peace and development” speaks pointedly to the present moment in our nation’s history, where the rule of law is in danger of being supplanted by the rule of man.

He commended judges and other judicial officers for their steadfastness and diligence in carrying out their duties as ministers of the temple of Justice

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mike Gusa expressed happiness at the successes recorded by the Benue State judiciary and pledged his ministry’s partnership with the judiciary to promote a friendly environment for the administration of justice for all in the state.

There were goodwill messages from Chief Bernard Hom, SAN, and the chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Makurdi branch, Barr. Justin Gbagir


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