Owerri, 23 December, 2022 / 8:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria is calling upon the country’s executive arm of government to consider appointing qualified judges in view of strengthening the country’s judiciary.
Speaking during Holy Mass to mark the official opening of the New Legal Year of Imo State Judiciary, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji said he found it regrettable that the appointment of judges is sometimes not based on qualification.
“For the Judiciary to be independent and strong, the appointment of judges by the executive arm of government must always be based on the qualification, competence, integrity, and ability of candidates,” Archbishop Ugorji has been quoted as saying in a Monday, December 19 report published by the Nigeria Catholic Network (NCN).
He is further quoted as saying that it is “a scourge for a nation or state to have unqualified, incompetent or corrupt judges.”
During the event held December 16 at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral of his Metropolitan See, the Catholic Archbishop acknowledged that Nigeria is blessed with “a dazzling array of erudite, experienced, and competent judges of unassailable integrity.”