Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said the Nigerian judiciary has lived up to its responsibilities since the return to democratic rule, adjudicating many landmark cases that have further enriched our jurisprudence, entrenched the rule of law, and deepened our country’s democratic ideals.
In his goodwill message to the Court of Appeal Legal Year’s medien edition, he said, “This innovation clearly indicates the Court’s preparedness and determination to perform its responsibilities to the nation and people of Nigeria.”
He went on to say that, as we face many social, economic, and political issues that stand in the way of our aims of building a robust and virile nation, the judiciary’s role in ensuring that we achieve our goals has grown more important.
His words; “There is however no doubt that the men and women that sit on the bench will always, rise up to the occasion and ensure that we remain on the path of growth and development.
“The past year has been quite challenging for us in the FCT and indeed the country, due to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic which tasked us in many unprecedented ways.
“Containing the pandemic in the FCT involved the active participation of virtually all arms of the government alongside several government and non-government organizations.
“It must however be mentioned that the role of the judiciary especially with the use of the mobile court system ensured the enforcement of pandemic rules and guaranteed that we were not overwhelmed”.
He, however, congratulated , the President of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Monica Bolna’an Dongban-Mensem for the first Court of Appeal Legal Year.