President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has called on the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, to assist his regime in the fight against corruption.

Buhari made the call in Jos on Saturday during a thanksgiving mass in honour of the Court of Appeal president over her appointment last year.

Governor Simon Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham, disclosed this in a statement in Jos on Saturday after the event.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari, governors of Plateau, Ekiti, Rivers, Oyo, Justices of various courts, senior legal luminaries and people from all sectors of the society today (June 19, 2021) converged on St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Rantiya, Jos for the thanksgiving mass in honour of the President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, to celebrate her appointment.

“President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, described Justice Monica as a Justice of good character and dexterity who emerged as the head of the second highest Court in Nigeria by merit.

“He said since her appointment a year ago, she has continued to demonstrate diligence in handling the affairs of the Court of Appeal and strengthening reforms towards the speedy and honest delivery of justice to Nigerians of all backgrounds.

“He charged her to put in her best and raise the bar in the dispensation of justice by assisting Government in fighting corruption, crime and acts inimical to national development.

“Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi said the celebrant is a woman of substance who has a rich pedigree in the Bench and is known to be fearless, uncompromising and intolerant of inducement in the course of discharging her duties. Fayemi said the success of women like Justice Monica creates more room for Nigerian women to occupy other sensitive offices and perform creditably.

“Host Governor, Simon Bako Lalong said the Thanksgiving Mass and Grand Reception was organised to honour the Court of Appeal President and give glory to God for lifting her from humble beginnings to the peak of her career.

“He said the State was very proud of her achievements and has decided to celebrate her and showcase her as an example to the world because of her diligence, hardwork and the grace of God.

“Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha who was a classmate of Justice Dongban-Mensem at the Nigerian Law School also sent in his goodwill message asking her to continue to do her best in serving Nigeria.

“In his homily, Catholic Bishop of Bauchi Diocese Rev. Dr. Hillary Dachelem said the turn out of people from all aspects of life and various backgrounds to celebrate Justice Monica is an indication that Nigerians can live in peace and collaborate to build a greater Nigeria.

“He called on leaders to avoid promoting divisive tendencies that promote intolerance, violence and hatred as God created humanity with peace and love in his image.”

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