Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has performed the swearing in ceremony of the State Acting Chief Judge, Justice (Mrs.) Gloria Erhioyovwe Oladoke with a plea to the judiciary to do substantial justice in all matters before them.
In a speech titled “Justice is a universal purpose he delivered at the ceremony, Governor Aregbesola pleaded with judges who he described as representatives of God in their various courts to ensure that the purpose of justice is served in all their pronouncements.
Describing injustice as the major causes of conflicts in human societies, the Osun Governor warned that “a situation in which 90 per cent of societal resources are concentrated in the hands of one per cent of the people is gross injustice that can only breed class antagonism and escalation between the rich and the poor and the rich risks violent revolt from the poor”.
Decrying a situation where oppression of the weak by the poor as unacceptable, the Governor warned further that any attempt to forcibly deny the people their rights could portend danger for the nation.
He called on members of the society who are rich to loosen up and allow greater spread of societal resources to the greater number of the people in order to avert the unexpected consequences.
Aregbesola cautioned that acts of oppression of the weak by the strong, forcible appropriation and expropriation by the strong, obscene consumption pattern by the rich and vulgar display and abuse of power by the rich and powerful would only elicit proportionate response from the weak and powerless.
According to him, the resultant effect of this is “an unending struggle in which the poor has nothing to lose and the rich has everything to lose”.
One basic reason good governance has eluded Nigeria, he observed, arose from rigging otherwise referred to as electoral injustice as results of many elections do not reflect the views of the electorate.
“Too many often, election results do not reflect the true choice of the people. The declared winners are often imposed on the people with impunity. Even when people protest this injustice, the response they get is the rolling out of the tanks and crushing patrol on the streets”, he reasoned.
He assured that his administration was determined to move away from the path stressing that his utmost desire was “to enthrone justice in the land and ensure that every citizen has the satisfaction of having obtained justice in every area of life”.
While he had largely experienced injustice on the road to office, Aregbesola said “I am a beneficiary of justice when God-fearing Justices of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan restored my mandate and kicked out the impostors who had held the state by the jugular and subjected our people to all manner of oppressive and barbaric treatment”.
Since that day, he stated that “you will recollect, peace has returned to our land. The fear of being arrested, falsely accused and clamped in illegal and unjust detention has vanished. Our people now sleep with their eyes closed. We give thanks to the Almighty for this great justice”.
Describing the ceremony as symbolic, the Governor asserted that the oath of office taken by Justice (Mrs.) Oladoke was a quest for justice and an affirmation of oneness with the universe in the pursuit of justice.
“What we are doing today therefore is symbolic of the quest for justice. An oath is a sacred thing. It is an affirmation of oneness with the universe in the pursuit of the universal purpose”.
When a judge takes oath of office, Aregbesola held that he or she was saying that she would never deviate from the universal objective of providing justice for all, irrespective of class and estate.
Such judges, upon taking their oath of offices, the Governor maintained, have vowed that they would accept every retribution that comes with the subversion of this purpose.
This development, he stressed further, was “not a light matter. It is a great matter that carries the highest sense of responsibility”.
“I will therefore commend our sister and every judge in the state judiciary, from the customary court to the high court, to uphold justice, substantial justice, which is the end of the law and work towards the realisation of the universal purpose”.
“The saying that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man is still sacrosanct. Let us say with Lord Denning that no man should leave the court still having any doubt that the cause of justice has been served”.
Governor Aregbesola referred to the popular saying that “fear not the law but the judge” explaining that this was said “because the law is what the judge says it is. Bring therefore to your work uncommon wisdom, unusual insight, deep scholarship, lion-like courage and divine grace. This is what will expose you to the world and recommend you for higher service”.