Governor Rochas Okorocha has called on the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary arms of government in Nigeria to redefine Separation of Powers by discharging their functions separately but yet with the spirit of oneness rather than the total isolation and discrimination that have ravaged the system.Owelle Okorocha said this while swearing in the new Chief Judge (CJ) of Imo State, Hon. Justice Paschal Obinna Nnadi at the Government House, Owerri today, 22nd December 2014.
He urged the Judiciary to advocate for a national conference of the three arms, discuss the challenges of the oncoming 2015 elections and work out modalities that will save the nation from doing anything unconstitutional or reaching ‘a point of no return’ while he advocated for unity and love among Nigerians.
Congratulating the new Chief Judge on his meritorious appointment, Governor Okorocha reminded him of the need to maintain his relationship with God who does not only hold the destiny of all but will also judge everyone accordingly, urging him to discharge his many duties without fear or favour. “To whom much is given, much is expected,” he added.
The Imo Chief Executive used the occasion to call on women whom he described as ‘silent achievers’ not to relent in their prayers for the success of their husbands in positions of authority and for peace in the home.Governor Okorocha appealed to politicians to shun violence and thugery while campaigning for leadership positions as he warned that ‘no leader is worth anybody’s life.’
He thanked the Judiciary Service Commission for peaceful selection of their leaders while commending the immediate past Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Benjamin Njemanze for working in tandem with the Rescue Mission in making a feat in different areas including the hosting of Nigeria Bar Association conference in the State, building of the Judicial Service Secretariat, renovation of Customary Courts buildings, 100%free education, infrastructural development, massive road construction, regular payment of salaries to Imo workers, among others; and he hoped for more cooperation and achievements.
In his response, the 10th CJ of the State, Hon. Justice Paschal Obinna Nnadi described his upliftment as divine-will and thanked the Judicial Service Commission for maintaining their selection strictly on character, administrative skills and respect for constituted authorities while promising to deliver as expected.
He expressed gratitude to Governor Okorocha for good governance as he pledged more support to the Rescue Mission and other stakeholders especially the bench, not taking his position for granted, but solicited for the cooperation and prayers of all for excellent performance in lifting the State to greater height and re-engineer the judiciary for greater service delivery.