EDO CHIEF JUDGE COMMENDS EDO EXECUTIVE FOR ASSERTIVE OUTLOOK ON DEMOCRACY
Edo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, has commended the Executive Arm of Edo State Government, saying that the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has an assertive outlook on democracy.
Hon, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, who gave this commendation while speaking as chairman on the occasion of the 2019 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Benin City, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his developmental strides and people-oriented policies which formed the evidence of the growth of democracy in the State.
The Chief Judge, however, pleaded with all well-meaning individuals and practitioners of law not to tear down the constitution, but to allow the Judiciary to strive independently in all its dealings.
She further stressed that there were lots of judicial pronouncements on democracy and the law, stating that the law has a big role to play in advancing the democratic outlook in Nigeria.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, said the theme of the 2019 Law Week which was “Advancing the Nigerian Democratic Outlook: the Role of Law,” was thoughtfully selected as it touched on the delicate act of balancing on an ordinary scale while it was also set to expose the deadly and negative use of power under a democratic outlook.
Delivering the keynote address on “Advancing the Nigerian Democratic Outlook: The Role of Law,” Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Esq. posited that unless the rights and freedom of citizens were guaranteed, the ruler would most probably run amock and clamp down on all forms of opposition to his programmes and policies, thus compromising or jeopardizing democracy, explaining that there would be no democracy without law.
Nwine, Nepen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary