- The Middle Belt Conscience Guard has reacted to TY Danjuma and middle belt elders' comment on CJN Onnoghen's trial
- In a statement, the group chided Danjuma and other Christian elders for their biased and ungodly position on CJN's trial
- MBCG also cautioned that the appointment into the judiciary should not be met with religious or ethnic sentiment
An ex-chief of army staff, General TY Danjuma, and Christian elders from the middle belt part of the country have come under attack over their comment on the ongoing trial of the embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, The Nation reports.
In a statement released on Friday, February 30, the group, Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG), chided Danjuma and other Christian elders for what it called their biased and ungodly position over Onnoghen's trial at Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Legit.ng gathers that the group, which said it was surprised by the position of the middle belt elders, said the comment of the region's elders was capable of generating into religious crisis and somehow undermine the anti-graft fight of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Part of the statement read: ''Our focus is not to explore the propriety or impropriety of the president’s action or the innocence or culpability of Justice Onnoghen’s over the alleged breaches of the law. The matter is already at the level of adjudication by lawful courts.
''Therefore, describing it as a “judicial coup,” by NCEF is preempting the verdict of the court and amounts to contempt of court.'
The group said it is appalled at the dexterous twisting of facts by the NCEF’s leaders just to justify its evil preachment which is enough to amplify the subsisting sectarian, ethno-religious and political crises bedeviling the country.
According to the group, it is outrightly perfidious to infer or even claim a section of Nigeria, where the President Buhari hails is intent on truncating the country’s democracy and to enthrone Sharia.
The group also also attacked the Christian leaders for labelling President Buhari fanatic, adding that the appointment into the judiciary should not be mixed with religious sentiment.
It added: ''We therefore, find it strange that these elder statesmen, who have served this country in various capacities and for decades would condescend to such level of intolerance and immaturity in handling a perceived grievance.
''Worse still, to classify President Buhari as belonging to the Salafist sect is equally baseless negative profiling, as the president is a known member of the Sunni sect, unknown to such Islamic extremism to the extent of imposing what NCEF described as “political Islam” on Nigeria.
''The judiciary religiously, like other institutions of government strictly adheres to seniority in succession. There should be no furor or ill-feelings on the choice of Onnoghen’s successor in acting capacity because in the latest case of suspended Justice Onnoghen, had the next senior Supreme Court Justice to him been a Christian, he would have still stepped into CJN’s shoes.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that all effort by the embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to stop his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) was met with setback as his suit at the Appeal Court was struck out on Wednesday, January 30.
In its judgement, the three-member panel of the court led by Justice Abdul Aboki said its decision was because the CJN's suit was not in line with the provisions of the law, adding that the section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) has prohibited the suspension of criminal cases based on an interlocutory application.
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