Written By Kayode Kelani, The African Examiner
.May the soul of Mimi Alu rest in perfect peace; Amen. Death is inevitable thing that awaits every human being but most people’s wish is to die at God’s appointed time – old age. I gathered from a member of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Katsina Alu, that the family had a wedding ceremony on Saturday May 7, 2011 and at the end of the day in their home-town house retired under the collection of trees in their compound. When Mrs. Alu noticed the serious wind that was threatening, she suggested that they should get into the building but as they stood up to, a tree directly fell on her and that was it. CJN Katsina Alu, together with an Igbo Priest that visited them from the East, as their guest, was seriously injured but luckier than Mrs. Alu. .
One is not suggesting that anything untoward brought about this incident but one hastens to say that for such happening at this time; it should serve as an early morning, clarion call on the Judges billed for the Election Tribunals.
They should be very careful and carry out their assignments without taking sides. They should ensure they deliver judgements sincerely without being influenced by filthy lucre. They should not disappoint the expectations of the electorate who trooped out peacefully to cast their votes while expecting their votes to count. The Judges would definitely receive instant and extended judgement from God Almighty if they do anything to the contrary.
We want to develop our democracy, and in view of the fraud (rigging) that were perpetrated by most governors who did not allow the oppositions to campaign and canvass for votes on level playing grounds especially as witnessed in Akwa Ibom and few other States must be roundly condemned and considered by the Judges as they deliver their judgements. The Judges should not allow gifts that are likely to be forced on them to influence judgements.
The Judges and the media are being looked upon as the last resorts to restore the confidence of the electorate in our developing democracy. While the Judges should judge well, the media should report well. They should ignore any filthy lucre and help the nation so that the curses that would be generated from the public, which would also extend to their families, would not be their portion. This is a serious appeal for equity, fairness, and transparency. It should be remembered that the respective electorate as well as the contestants are all indigenous to their areas.
KAYODE KELANI, PLOT 1243 KENYA STREET, ABUJA