Lafia – Justice Mahmud Muhammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), has urged participants in the 2015 CJN Sports Competition to see the event as an avenue to foster unity amongst themselves.
“In spite of the fact that you represent different arms of the judiciary across the country, you must use this competition to foster unity among yourselves,’’ Muhammed said while declaring open the competition at the Lafia Township Stadium on Saturday.
The CJN, who was represented by Justice Suleiman Galadima, urged all those participating in the competition to also go out and fight for glory in the spirit of sportsmanship.
He also expressed joy at the eagerness of some judiciary workers to participate in the competition and urged them to fight hard to make the judicial institution they represent proud.
“We appreciate the participants who have shown keen interest in participating in the competition, and we urge them to go out and put in their best,” Mohammed said.
In his brief remarks, Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, who was represented by his deputy, Silas Agara, expressed the state government’s joy at the state’s choice as competition venue.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
“The judiciary has done us proud by giving us this hosting right and we will play the role of good hosts,’’ he said.
Al-Makura urged all judiciary staff to feel at home in the state while engaging each other for the top laurels of the competition.
He also praised the judiciary arm of government as a whole for the sports initiative, and urged other arms of government to emulate the judiciary.
“We believe and hope that other arms of governments will emulate the judiciary and initiate this laudable event for their staff with the aim of fostering unity,” the governor said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition’s opening ceremony was attended by many senior judges in the country, as well as members of the Nasarawa state judiciary.
The ceremony also witnessed a football match between Supreme Court football team and Nasarawa judiciary football team, with the latter coming out victorious 3-1.
NAN reports that the competition is in its 21st edition.(NAN)