- The federal government will arraign the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday, January 14
- The move has been widely condemned by opposition political figures across the country with many saying it negates Nigeria's separation of powers
- Former APC chieftain, Comrade Timi Frank, has accused the Buhari's government of being averse to the rule of law
Former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has described the planned trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, as being akin to igniting an incendiary material that would completely ravage the country if not immediately reversed.
Frank who gave this admonition in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, January 13, said the federal government's action is capable of putting Nigeria into social, political and economic ruination.
He also accused the APC-led federal government of being averse to the rule of law in all its actions regarding the judiciary.
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Part of the statement read: “This is a supposedly democratic government but they are totally averse to the rule of law. Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, Deji Adeyanju and Dino Melaye, just to mention but a few, are today languishing in jail in varied subhuman conditions following the hostile and anti-people policies being executed by Buhari and his cabal.
“Buhari and his cabal have done everything outside the law to whittle down the powers of the National Assembly through spurious charges against and trial of their presiding officers and other lawmakers and his criminal refusal to assent to critical bills like the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill and the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill.
“Buhari has refused to replace ministers that have left his government thereby denying critical sections of the country of any form of representation in the Federal Executive Council as required by law.
“Buhari has illegally ensured that all heads of security agencies in the country are of northern extraction against the letters and spirit of the Federal Character Principle as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Of all his hateful, lawless rhetoric and his 97/5% nepotistic ideology, he is again desperate to remove a serving CJN - who is no where near his retirement age - based sentiments which are largely religious and ethnic.”
He warned the APC-led government to immediately retrace their step and end their move to remove the CJN, stressing that it may spark unfathomable resistance from the overly marginalized sections of the country.
He also called on the international community to hold the government responsible for any breach of the peace which may result from their actions against the CJN.
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Meanwhile, governors from the south-south region of the country have summoned an emergency meeting over the reported plans by the federal government to remove Onnoghen as the CJN.
Governor Seriake Dickson in a statement by his special adviser on media relations, Fidelis Soriwei, on Saturday, January 12, said warned that the action against the CJN was a dangerous escalation coming a few weeks to the general elections.
The governor said the south-south governors forum would make public its position on the issue after the meeting to convey the position of the zone to the Nigerian public.
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