A recently Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Amina Adamu Augie, has on Thursday, called on the 10th National Assembly through the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to as a matter of urgency, amend the 1999 Constitution to enhance the functioning of Courts in the country, Palearnt.
Justice Augie urged the 10th Senate to take decisive action to accomplish what others could not achieve.
She made the appeal in her speech at a Valedictory Court session held at the Supreme Court, in Abuja, in her honour, having retired officially from the Apex Court’s bench on September 3, 2023, after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
Her exact words: “This marks the final instance where my voice will be heard in any Court, and I wish to use this opportunity to directly address the 10th National Assembly, through the Distinguished Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, who was once my Student at the Law School.
“I had the privilege of teaching him Evidence, and I trust that he learned it well.
“Hence, it should be evident to him that swift action is needed from the 10th National Assembly to accomplish what others could not, amending the Constitution, to enhance the functioning of our Courts in Nigeria.
“It is said that a Teacher’s reward is in Heaven; I cannot wait to reach Heaven to receive my reward for teaching him, because it is my sincere wish that the Justices coming behind me do not go through what those before them went through.
“Thus, I implore the National Assembly to undertake the necessary constitutional amendments.
“By doing so, this Court and its Justices can be freed from the constraints that impede their ability to fulfil their mandate of upholding the rule of law, justice, and democracy.
“Would I be envious when the existing situation is rectified? Absolutely not. Some individuals are pioneers with the strength, zeal and passion, to blaze new trails and guide those who may lack the inclination or strength to do so.”
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