- Youths of the Ohanaeze group have called on Nigerians to join the federal government to eliminate corruption in the country
- Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the president of the group's youth council, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending Justice Walter Onnoghen
- Isiguzoro also criticised the US, UK and the NBA for condemning the president's decision on Onnoghen's removal from office
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the president of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), on Wednesday, January 30, urged Nigerians to throw their weight behind the federal government in the fight against corruption.
Moreover, Isiguzoro, speaking in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, supported President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, The Nation reports.
He decried the position of some members of the international community and that of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on President Buhari's decision, adding that public office holders should know better than break the law.
Isiguzoro used the examples of America, United Kingdom and other advanced nations to corroborate his point that public office holders resign after being accused of crimes even before facing trials
He said: “But in Nigeria, the same countries we are learning good governance from will be the first to kick, they will like us to do the opposite, why?
“Fighting corruption as demonstrated by the present federal government should be welcome by all Nigerians irrespective of the political inclination, tribe, interest, religion or region.
“Noone should be made a scapegoat not minding his place in government. I know that fighting corruption is not what the federal government will achieve in a day but we must start somewhere.
“So those that are kicking against it have forgotten in a hurry that the same Justice Onnogben had in his career in the jury convicted suspects with similar matter. Nigeria is bigger than one individual, profession or belief.
“Think about it; how would you feel if you or your brother nor relations happened to be among those suspects Justice Walter Onnoghen have convicted and sentenced on criminal offences in his career in the court and today under similar crime he is set free.”
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“I’m appealing to Nigerians irrespective of their individual interest to allow Justice Walter Onnoghen face his trial, if he is found guilty good for him, if he’s not good for him too. The same thing to the Nigeria Bar Association, they should allow the law to take its due course.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had warned against foreign interference into the nation’s affairs, capable of creating apprehension, distrust among citizens or undermining the transparency and acceptability of outcomes of the nation’s electoral process.
This was contained in a statement issued by senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, January 26.
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