- Chief Femi Falana has asked Justice Walter Onnoghen to resign after President Buhari must have lifted his suspension
- According the human rights activist, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) should quit the bench because he has already admitted that he failed in his duty to declare his asset
- Falana said it was wrong for Buhari to have suspended the CJN based on an ex parte order of the code of conduct tribunal
Chief Femi Falana (SAN), has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen to quit the bench after his suspension must have been lifted by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The human rights activist stated this on Sunday, January 27, while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“The government should as a matter of urgency, lift the suspension on the Chief Justice since the Chief Justice as so much to on his own admitted that he did not declare his assets, he should do the needful by calling it quits,” Falana said.
He said after the suspension has been lifted, the CJN should quit the bench because he has already admitted that he failed in his duty to declare his asset as required by the constitution.
Falana opined that the executive and the judiciary arms of government have failed Nigerians with the way Justice Onnoghen's matter was handled.
He argued that it was wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to have suspended Justice Onnoghen based on an ex parte order of the code of conduct tribunal. He said by so doing the president did not follow due process, stressing that the government must learn to obey the rule of law.
“You can’t fight corruption without following due process," Falana said.
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Meanwhile, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of 400 Civil Society Organisations, has condemned the suspension of Onnoghen.
The TMG in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, January 27, and signed by its chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, says the onslaught by the presidency against the judiciary, a pillar in the democratic process, is ill advised and poorly timed.
The group said it finds it worrisome that the president is interfering in another arm of government, stressing that it portends dangers for the nation’s democracy, and specifically, the 2019 electoral process.
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