- The conversation surrounding the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen is still ongoing
- The presidency has however defended the position of President Buhari in suspending the Chief Justice of Nigeria
- Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said Buhari contravened no law as amended in the constitution
The presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari contravened no law as amended in the constitution with regards to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
This was the position of Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity on Sunday, January 28, during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Shehu said the president has done no wrong by taking an action and making a decision based on the advice of a competent court of law.
“The president acted on a directive by a court of law recognised by our own constitution, and so, therefore, our president has done no wrong,” he argued.
He went on to say, “it’s a settled matter, I am not even sure that investigation is warranted in this circumstance because there is an admission.”
He also stated that it is wrong to see Justice Onnoghen’s suspension as political intimidation of anyone.
“The president needs not to intimidate anyone because in any case, he has no case before any judge,” he said.
He said Nigerians are just concerned that President Buhari did not carryout the suspension in a very nice way, asking, “Are we concerned about nicety or doing the right thing?”
The presidential spokesman also said that those people who are saying that the nation is drifting into a dictatorship, “have fallen into amnesia.”
According to him, if the nation had fallen into despotism then many who have openly threatened the president on the CJN’s case will not be talking and walking free.
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Meanwhile, a civil society organisation, YIAGA Africa Initiative, has called on President Buhari to reverse the suspension of the Onnoghen within seven days.
Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo made the call on the sidelines of a media roundtable on the 2019 elections and Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) on Saturday, January 26.
Itodo said attempts to rationalize the action taken by the president, “is completely irresponsible and should not be tolerated in anyway.”
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