- Prominent Nigerians and groups continue to react to the recent suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari
The Chief Justice of Nigeria was shown the way out by the president on Friday, January 25 in a move that has been widely described as unconstitutional
- Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, says the action of the president is an attempt to truncate democracy and throw the country into anarchy
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom says the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and his hasty replacement is an attempt by the presidency to truncate democracy and throw the country into anarchy.
According to Governor Ortom, “by the unconstitutional sacking of the CJN, the presidency has demonstrated that it does not believe in the rule of law, due process and the principle of separation of powers.”
The governor stated this in statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, January 26, by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
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Governor Ortom further said, “the suspension of the CJN is not only a slap on the judiciary but the action also exposes the present administration's desperate self-succession bid at the expense of the country's unity and its continued existence.”
The governor wondered why the current administration which he noted has no antecedent of respecting court orders acted swiftly relying on a 'directive' from the Code of Conduct Tribunal to suspend the CJN.
He said the hurried removal of Justice Onnoghen appears to have the imprints of the cabal which the president's wife said is running the government.
Governor Ortom advised the presidency to remember that its integrity is at stake and called for reverse of the CJN's suspension in the interest of the country.
He stated that, “the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has left no one in doubt regarding its agenda to manipulate the 2019 elections.”
He called on all Nigerians, “to reject the illegal removal of CJN Onnoghen and every other attempt by the ruling APC to cause constitutional crisis in the country.”
Similarly, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has described the suspension of Onnoghen as illegal.
Comrade Frank in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, January 25, called on the international community to urgently prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the suspension.
Comrade Frank insisted that Buhari has by the suspension and swearing-in of an Acting CJN, set a dangerous stage for massive disobedience to law and order which may lead to an unfathomable chaos, anarchy and an imminent descent to a civil war in the country.
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