- Protest rocked the streets of London over the call for the reinstatement of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Nigeria's CJN
- The protesters said they welcome the removal of the judicial chief as it is a clear deviation from the several years of impunity
- The protesting Nigerians in London also urged the British government to assist President Muhammadu Buhari in his fight against corruption in Nigeria
Some Nigerians took to the street of London over the call for the reinstatement of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
These Nigerians in their scores said they welcomed the removal of the judicial chief as it is a clear deviation from the several years of impunity.
The protesters also called for the assistance by the government of the United Kingdom and the prime minister to join President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
These Nigerians under the auspices of Arise For A New Nigeria, stormed the streets of London, and No 10 Downing street, close to the Prime Minister’s Office, to show solidarity with President Buhari's fight against corruption.
In a letter addressed to British prime minister, Theresa May, the group’s president, Andrew Kobani, urged Britain to support the anti-corruption fight of Mr Buhari, especially concerning Justoce Walter Onnoghen's removal.
Kobani said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has carried on with enthusiasm and a determination to see that structural defects are fixed to curb the rot in the system for the betterment of Nigeria as a country.
He noted that since 2015 when President Buhari took over the affairs of the state in Nigeria, the country has recorded progress in governance evident in the dividends of democracy trickling down the ladder.
Kobani said: "Madam Prime Minister, we are through this medium soliciting for assistance from the United Kingdom in the war against corruption in Nigeria as initiated by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in recent times."
"A vivid example can be seen in the instance where the Chief Judicial Official in Nigeria, either by omission or commission failed to declare a part of his assets running into millions of dollars.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria as the number one judicial officer in the country for inexplicable reasons did not declare a part of his assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau in Nigeria. The CJN cited “forgetfulness and mistake” as the reasons for the non-declaration.
Madam Prime Minister, the non-declared items are bank accounts with balances that runs into millions of pounds sterling and dollars. This is too much to be right in our considered opinion. As the number one judicial officer in the country, it is wholly untenable for such an excuse, unless for deliberate reasons.
This untoward display of acts inimical to the progress of Nigeria has necessitated the kind, and timely intervention of the Prime Minister and the British government is assisting Nigeria in the war against corruption. If, not, corruption will kill Nigeria at this rate. And that would not happen under the leadership of Madam Prime Minister.
Madam Prime Minister, may be aware that political jobbers and ethnic champions have given the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria ethnic and religious actions, but in truth, it was a timely intervention aimed at saving the judicial arm of government in Nigeria further embarrassment as a result of the unethical conduct of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
This letter is an SOS, as well as a reminder to Madam Prime Minister, Theresa May and UK Secretary for African Affairs Mrs Harriett Baldwin that Nigeria would return to the brinks if steps, just like this are not taken to arrest the cankerworm of corruption that has eaten deep into governance in Nigeria.
It is our considered opinion that the United Kingdom as an ally of Nigeria cannot afford to watch as Nigeria goes to the brinks. It must render that assistance to the government of Nigeria that has made substantial inroads in the fight against corruption," Kobani noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Centre for International and Strategy Studies, has commended President Buhari on the suspension of Justice Onnoghen.
The CISS breaking its long silence on the controversy rocking the presidency and the judiciary said President Buhari's action against the CJN was a right step in the right direction.
The CISS president, David Bamidele, aid the suspension of the CJN, Justice Onnoghen by President Buhari in compliance with the order of the CCT was not only reasonable and timely, but necessary to salvage the partly battered image of the Nigerian judiciary.
He said the president's decision was to protect democracy from the class of the few bad characters in the judicial and political system.
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