On Friday, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, inaugurated eight new Justices of the Supreme Court.
The CJN, during the inauguration, told the new Supreme Court Justices that they represent God on earth and will give an account of their steward to God in the end.
He, however, warned the eight new justices not to allow their personal ambition or any extraneous considerations to becloud their sense of judgment in the discharge of their judicial functions.
According to him, their interactions with people of unenviable inclinations and pedigree must be halted forthwith if there is any.
His words were:
“I have no doubt that you may have at one time or the other, been confronted with some forms of criticisms or verbal assaults by litigants who have lost cases.
“I want to assure you that more of that will come your ways at the final court in the land where appellants’ expectations are often high and infectious.
“There is no way you can please human beings especially litigants, and I am making it clear that the easiest way to fail in life is to try to please everybody.
“The only deity you can fear is the Almighty God. Once your judgment is in consonance with what God expects from you and is also in accordance with the constitution, you should consider yourself the happiest and freest person on earth,” he said.
The new justices are Mohammed Garba Lawal, Heleen Morenikeji Ogunwumiju, Abdul Aboki, Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Samuel Oseji, Tijani Abubakar and Emmanuel Akomaye Agim.
With the inauguration of the eight justices, the Supreme Court now has 20 justices though the full complement is 21 justices.