Justice Mary Peter Odili Bows Out Of Supreme Court Bench, Seeks Restructuring Of Nigeria

Concerned by the state of affairs of the country, Justice Mary Peter-Odili of the Supreme Court, on Thursday, canvassed the restructuring of the country.

Justice Odili spoke in Abuja at a valedictory court session held in her honour by the Supreme Court as she bowed out of the nation’s judiciary on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70.

According to the eminent jurist, the issue of restructuring of the country has been resonating for sometime and that, even though she cannot say much on the issue, her concerns stemmed from the fact that some of the people happing on it are very serious men with acuity of intellect, accompanied by their respective track records.

Justice Mary Odili is of the view that, “The issue should be given an immediate attention, lest we ignore the matter at the risk of a lost opportunity to set the ship of state on the right course”.

The famous jurist also posited that a person’s state can be gauged by the number of years he has lived in a given place and his choose, instead of the locality of births of parents.

“The follow up on this matter of state of origin or residency and the import thereto have thrown up the fact that the women have seen themselves taking the short end of the stick on account of marriage outside the state of their birth.

“These are matters that need urgent attention in our journey of nationhood, building and sustaining thereof”, Justice Odili pointed out.

In his speech, the Attorney General in of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) said, the executive arm of government will work with the judiciary for critical reforms that would  facilitate speedy trials and enhance confidence in the Justice sector of the country

Malami, SAN reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to respecting the dignity and independence of the judiciary as well as promoting harmonious relationship between the executive and the judiciary.

The Chief Law Officer also urged the judiciary to adopt innovation in technology to ensure a more effective and efficient justice delivery system for the benefit of the all Nigerians.

While commending the judiciary for its role in enthroning a virile, dynamic and democratic culture in the country, Malami also applauded the Supreme Court for its landmark judgments which have contributed to strengthening and sustaining the democracy of the country.

He described retired Justice Odili as a true image of a renowned jurist and African heroin.

Also speaking, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad showered encomiums on the retired Justice, describing her as an epitome of jurisprudential finesse, an insuperable lioness with an irrepressible voice in the temple of Justice.

Justice Tanko Muhammad said, Justice Mary Odili has entered the revered history books of the country’s judiciary as the third woman to rise up to the apex court in the land and held sway in the discharge of her judicial functions.

EquityNews/Babatunde Tiamiyu

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