- Adams Oshiomhole has reacted to statements issued by the governments of US, UK and European Union observers on the suspension of CJN Walter Onnoghen
- Oshiomhole said Nigeria is not a colony and it will not accept any foreign interference
- The APC national chairman, however, called on Nigerians to defend the country’s sovereignty
Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has faulted the statements issued by the governments of the US, UK and the European Union observers on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen.
Channel TV reports that Oshiomhole on Monday, January 28, condemned the statements at the presidential villa after the APC Senate caucus and the party’s senatorial candidates met with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “Nigeria is not a colony. We will not accept any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Nigeria.”
He argued that judges get dismissed in Europe and the United States without interference.
“They (judges) have been dismissed across the world when they are found guilty of corruption and the western world cannot, on the one hand when it suits them, describe Nigeria as fantastically corrupt and when a corrupt judicial officer is being charged, people want to interfere," the APC national chairman added.
Oshiomhole called on Nigerians to defend the country’s sovereignty saying: “I think we all have to be careful. We must defend the sovereignty of our country. We welcome collaboration, we welcome peer review; we can compare notes.
''We welcome people who are interested in sharing experiences with us wherever the need arises whether it is capacity building or making useful suggestions on how we can improve on our electoral process. Those are very valuable contributions that we appreciate.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the United Kingdom expressed serious concern over the suspension of Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement released on Saturday, January 26, the British High Commission said the uproar the matter has caused across Nigeria and the fact that it happened so close to the general elections were quite worrying.
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