Being the Remarks by His Excellency Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, during the Swearing in of the Oyo State Chief Judge, Hon Justice Iyabo Yerima on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
A few months ago, we gathered here to swear in Hon. Justice Iyabo Yerima as Acting Chief Judge of Oyo State. Then, we were on the campaign trail and I remember expressing confidence that we would work together. Well, the people of Oyo State were listening and they said “yes” you will be working together.
And so today, in accordance with Section 271(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), we are swearing in Hon. Justice Yerima as the substantive Chief Judge of Oyo State after her appointment was confirmed by the Oyo State House of Assembly.
It is essential to emphasise the importance of institutions and set processes. This is why we need strong institutions. Once the institutions are strong and we follow the processes that govern those institutions, we build stronger societies.
I saw in the news that the installation of a new Alaafin of Oyo is being delayed by me. What they failed to say is that I have already communicated that the institutional framework be followed in the selection of a new Alaafin. When we follow due process, things generally work out more efficiently.
This is what we need in Nigeria right now. Strong institutions. But we also need people to build strong institutions. This is why the appointment of people like Hon. Justice Yerima is important. People who have experience in leadership and who can hold their own.
The judiciary is of course the last hope of the common man in a democracy. And so, it is an institution that should not have interference from the executive. And so, this is our promise to you: as we worked with you while you served as Acting Chief Judge, we will support you even more as substantive Chief Judge.
So far, we have taken steps to ensure that the judiciary in Oyo State works effectively. For example, we are looking forward to the completion of the rehabilitation of the High Court Complex at Ring Road and Magistrates Court at Iyangaku. We know that if justice is to be dispensed efficiently, it should be carried out in a befitting environment.
So, thank you again for being here for the swearing-in of Hon. Justice Iyabo Yerima as the Chief Judge of Oyo State, to the glory of God and for the benefit of the good people of Oyo State.
God bless you.