Following the notification of the Supreme Court judgment of the judgment of a lower court entered against a former Governor of Abia State, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu on December 5, 2019, the Senator representing Abia has expressed his optimism to join his colleagues in the senate.
Kalu, who was jailed in December 2019 for allegedly stealing public funds, was released after the Supreme Court voided his conviction and ordered a retrial of the case.
In his statement shortly after the judgment that nullified his conviction, he said the past five months have been challenging just as it provided him the opportunity to learn invaluable lessons about Nigeria, the people, justice system and the true meaning of love for his family and the nation.
He commended the judiciary for several landmark judgement especially the Supreme Court which he said has remained the veritable compass to the highest ideals of justice attainable in this country.
The long held tradition of the court he said, was exemplified in his matter.
“I was humbled by the court’s boldness and sense of justice as shown in my case
Justice, he said further will not be complete if it stopped at his case.
“It must continue until it touches the lives of millions of Nigerians who face injustice anywhere in this world. I shall be dedicating my time henceforth to ensuring there will be justice for all Nigerians whether they are in Sokoto or Akwa Ibom or in Lagos or Maiduguri or in Jos or Enugu, or wherever they may be.”
“Justice for one man or for a few people will no longer be enough in this country. A system whereby over 70% of all prison inmates population is made up of people awaiting trial cannot be allowed to continue. Situations where innocent people are falsely charged with murder just to get them out of the way does not dignify our country and cannot continue. Justice must now mean justice for all. That is my pledge to Nigerians.”