Swearing in with the Bible and Quran in Nigeria are not constitutional requirements, says the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, and the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Aliyu Mayaki.
Governor Bello on Wednesday declared that henceforth only the Nigerian Constitution would be used for swearing in ceremonies.
He made the declaration when he swore in three High Court judges in Minna, saying: “From now on, those to be sworn in will not have to use the Holy Books but deal with their consciences.”
He however charged the newly sworn in judges to discharge their duties without fear or favour to take Judiciary to the next level, adding: “I have no doubt in my mind that you will do the needful to ensure justice prevails in the executing of your functions.”
Responding to questions raised by the Governor and the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, the Chief Judge of Niger State said: “What is important is the genuineness in you to disperse Justice.
“It is not a constitutional requirement; swearing in with Bible and Quran is merely symbolic.
“What is important is the genuineness in you to disperse justice, and you are bound by the law and to abide by the oath.”
Amongst those sworn in were Justices Salisu Majidadi, Danladi Ahmad and Binta Bawa.
The Governor also presented 46 vehicles to judges in state to enable them discharge their duties diligently.