By Joseph Egbeocha
Ceremonies for the 2021/2022 Legal year for members of Anambra State Judiciary has commenced today, 26th November 2021 with a Pontifical holy mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, Anambra State Capital.
The event, with the theme, “Judicial Independence; “Pathway To Effective Justice Delivery”, will later feature inspection of Guards of Honor mounted by a detachment of the Nigeria Police Force, as well as Special Court session, both at the Judiciary Headquarters Awka.
In his sermon, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor, who reminded all that serving God is evident is serving humanity, said all are doomed if the judiciary is compromised as the case seems to be in present-day Nigeria.
He noted that laws are made to guide human earthly existence, and must be obeyed as the commandments of God.
Bishop Ezeokafor called on the judiciary to ensure that all Nigerians remain and are treated as equal before the law, reminding them that truest test of integrity is in its long-standing blunt refusal to be compromised.
He urged Christians not to loose hope in the face of various challenges, including pervasive injustice which he said has remained the bane of present-day Nigerian judiciary, and called for sustenance of the event as he likened it to biblical injunction in Philippians 4:8.
Anambra State Governor, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, represented by the State Head of Service, Barrister Harry Uduh, State Chief Judge, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu, security personnel, among others, are present at the holy mass.