TO say the outgoing year has been a turbulent one for the judiciary would be an understatement It is therefore proper that we look back on how we have fared, even in the face of the challenges, and the achievements recorded during the year.
In doing so, we are able to chart a new and improved course for the incoming legal year. This session is therefore a time to reflect and celebrate the new legal year, together with the distinguished legal practitioners who have been found worthy of honour by the conferment on them of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC).
The 2016/2017 legal year was an eventful one with the appointment of my humble self as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) being the ultimate. I assumed office with faith, courage and hope for a better judiciary. I am humbled by the God-given privilege to lead Nigeria’s judiciary at this time in the history of our nation. By the special grace of God and your support, I am determined to put in my best in the service of our great nation.
The legal year under reference also marked the elevation of four brother justices to the apex court: Justices Amina Adamu Augie, Ejembi Eko, Paul Adamu Galinje and Sidi Dauda Bage.