Former late Chief Judge of Plateau State, Justice George Oloko, has been described as somebody, who was working for “One Nigeria.”
The Plateau State governor, Barr Simon Lalong, disclose this on Thursday, during a Valedictory Session in honor of the late icon, at the High Court Jos. The governor urged all Judges and Lawyers to emulate Oloko’s legacy in their conduct and judgment, saying “those are things we must look and go back to.”
Governor Lalong observed that, “Today, people are calling for secession and giving ‘quick notices’ to others; all this is not necessary if we should follow the good foot of our past leaders like Justice George I. Oloko.”
He said the late Chief Judge left plateau State to Benue state when it was created, and was back to plateau when he was appointed as the Commissioner for Justice and, afterwards, became the Chief Judge of the State.
Late Justice George Oloko was said to have been the longest serving Chief Judge in the state – having spent 19 solid years on the throne.
In a further note of lamentation, the governor said, “Why should we be talking about secession or moving out? We have challenges in Nigeria and we have difficulties that we need to endure and work within these difficulties, which I believe God will make us go all with One Nigeria.”
According to him, “Because I know that in this challenging time, the roles of lawyers are very important and necessary,” adding that, “if things where not done like the way our Senior Advocate, the Vice President, is handling by now, we would have been swinging in court cases all everywhere at the end of the day.
“We would have not known the end of those cases; but I believe that by the end of the day we will tackle all these problems and then we will continue as One United Country,” he said.
He assured that, on their part they will do their best to go away from those challenges that will keep or put them against each other. “We will continue to pray and solicit for your support and co-operation,” he said.
Ruling on the Valedictory Session, the Plateau State Chief Judge, Justice Pius Damulak, described the late Justice Oloko as a man, who exhibited high leadership qualities, honour, integrity and discipline in his service.
The Valedictory Session was held in memory of the late Justice Oloko, who died in 2016.