Buhari harsh critic supports suspension of Walter Onnoghen, says it’s legal

Junaid Muhammed

Last updated on January 30th, 2019 at 04:29 pm

One of the harsh critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, Junaid Mohammed, has for the first time supported the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

The Second Republic lawmaker, was quoted as saying that there was no proof linking Onnoghen’s suspension to the alleged move by President Buhari to rig the forthcoming election.

The former lawmaker stated that Onnoghen was not above the law, hence should be suspended since there was a “prima facie evidence’ against him.

He said “As far as I’m concerned, there is a prima facie evidence against Onnoghen and when you have such evidence, that is all you need to suspend the CJN, he is not above the law. There is nowhere in the Nigerian constitution that the CJN is above the law.

“If Buhari succeeds in rigging the forthcoming election, it will not be the first time, Obasanjo, Yar’Adua have all done it and successfully got away with it. Until the evidence is clear and incontrovertible, you can’t explain that he was planning to rig the election by suspending Onnoghen.

“Mind you, before Onnoghen was confirmed, there were lots of controversies, the government was very reluctant to swear him in for a number of reasons which were not challenged. If he thinks because he comes from the South-South and is a Senior lawyer, nothing can touch him then that is sheer nonsense.

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“If he thinks he is above the law because he is a lawyer and has risen to the height of the CJN, then we are talking nonsense and this is anarchy and such can never exist side by side with democracy.”

Onnoghen’s suspension has generated so much controversies within and outside Nigeria.

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