The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has sworn in eight new Justices of the Supreme Court, increasing the number of Justices of the court from 12 to a record 20.
The CJN presided as the eight of them, in turn, took their oath of office and oath of allegiance to the Nigerian Constitution.
After their swearing, they climbed to the bench where their 12 seniors were already seated, to their positions.
“Your interactions with people of unenviable inclinations and pedigree, if any, must be halted forthwith.
“Let your conscience guide and filter every thought that traverses your mind from this moment.
“I have no doubt that you may have at one time or the other been confronted with some forms of criticism or verbal assaults by litigants who lost their cases.
“I want to assure you that more of such will come your way, where appellant’s expectations are often very high and infectious.”
He said that there is no way they can please human beings, especially litigants.
“I am, however, making it absolutely clear to you that the easiest way to fail in life is to try pleasing everybody.
The newly inaugurated Justices of the apex court who were recently elevated from the Court of Appeal bench, included Justices Lawal Garba (North West), Helen Ogunwumiju (South West), Abdu Aboki (North West), and M. M. Saulawa (North West).
Others are Justice Adamu Jauro (North East), Samuel Oseji (South-South), Tijani Abubakar (North East) and Emmanuel Agim (South-South).