The Vice-Chancellor; Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu; Professor Christian Anieke has stressed the need for strict adherence to the rule of law by both the government and the citizenry.
Professor Anieke stated this at the 2018 annual law week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Enugu.
Prof. Anieke who delivered a keynote address on the theme: Sustainability of the Rule of Law in the Contemporary Nigerian Society identified corruption and poor law enforcement mechanism as major impediments to the rule of law.
He noted that non-adherence to the rule of law brings about loss of confidence in the judiciary and resort to self-help approach in resolving legal issues as well as insecurity.
In a message to the occasion, the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Priscillia Emehelu represented by the President Customary Court of Appeal, Enugu State, Justice George Nnamani said the judiciary has been at the forefront of enthroning a better, orderly and egalitarian society where the rule of law reigns.
She charged stakeholders in the justice sector to recommit themselves to upholding the rule of law at all times.
Earlier, the chairperson, 2018 Law Week Planning Committee, Prof. Edith Nwosu said the theme of this year’s event “Sustainability of Rule of Law in the Contemporary Nigerian Society” is a product of deep thoughts and concern for the rapid erosion of the rule of law in the country and described the rule of law as one of the vital pillars of democracy.
In separate speeches, the NBA chairman, Enugu chapter, Anene Ojinta and his Oji- River counterpart, Onyibo Chukwu said the law week is a period of reflection and stock taking for the bar to appraise its strides and proffer ways to make the society a better place.
The event was attended by legal luminaries including, former attorney general of the Federation, Kanu Agabi, Justice Justina Offiah and Justice Peter Obiorah among others.