- Akwa Ibom elders have called on the National Assembly to interfere in the suspension of CJN Walter Onnoghen
- The south-south elders are also calling for President Buhari to resign from office and to tender an unreserved apology to Justice Onnoghen
- According to the group, Onnoghen's suspension is a deliberate act by the presidency to plunge Nigeria into a crisis ahead of the coming elections
South-south elders in Akwa Ibom state have kicked against the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Nkanu Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Akwa Ibom elders accused the president of being controlled by cabals and advised him to tender an unreserved apology to the suspended CJN and reinstate him with immediate effect.
The elders also asked the president to resign from office and urged the National Assembly to wade into the suspension of the Chief Justice and ensure he is recalled.
Spokesperson of the group, Senator Anietie Okon, while speaking in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, on Sunday, January 27, said the suspension of Onnoghen is a deliberate act by the presidency to plunge the nation into a crisis ahead of the general elections.
He said: “That we condemn in strong terms, the perfidious and devious suspension of the honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and call for an immediate withdrawal of the suspension.
“President Buhari’s continued availability to be used by this criminal gang is detrimental to the health of the country. The pressure of office is detrimental to the health of the President and his continued pretense is very detrimental to the health of the country and therefore we want him to resign.
“We are calling on the National Assembly to rise to the challenge of ensuring that the rule of the constitution and democratic order in the country is defended and restored."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari invited senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Presidential villa, Abuja for a meeting over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The senators are reportedly meeting with the president on Monday, January 28, to prepare on how to defend the president's decision to suspend Onnoghen.
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