Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has urged the new Chief Judge, Justice Simeon Amadi, to be firm and courageous, to surpass the achievements of his predecessor.
He gave the advice yesterday at the swearing-in of the chief judge at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike advised the chief judge to be decisive in speedy delivery of justice by ensuring that case files were assigned, treated and judgment given based on the merit of cases.
He said such fate was also a hallmark of judiciary independence clamoured for.
The governor said: “Please, let everybody work with you together. If anybody does not do his duty, you are the chief judge, you know what to do. Do not panic.
“Show that you have leadership. Whether the person was your class mate or not is immaterial.”
He enjoined the chief judge not to be afraid of petitions against him either from individuals or from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), because such documents and animosity could be designed without facts or justification.
Governor Wike urged Justice Amadi to discharge his duties in a manner that would make the state proud, as it was under his predecessor.
Said he: “Anywhere I go in Abuja; they talk about my (former) chief judge. I want you to maintain that relationship.
“Let people talk about you, maintain a cordial relationship with your colleagues outside and at home too. “
The governor said his administration would continue with the robust relationship established with the judiciary under Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra.