Bini Attorneys Discussion board, yesterday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of plotting to sideline Justice Walter Onnoghen from turning into the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
The group, in a press release in Abuja, alleged that the President intentionally refused to ahead Onnoghen’s identify to the Senate for affirmation owing to the truth that he’s a Christian.
“The discussion board needs to notice with dismay the plot by some Northern curiosity/forces led by President Buhari to jettison laid down guidelines, process and conference within the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by the deliberate removing of Justice Onnoghen because the Chief Justice of Nigeria just because he’s a Christian and from the South-South zone of Nigeria with a view to pave means for the appointment of a Northern candidate.
“It’s unhappy to notice that the President has willfully and intentionally refused to behave on the advice of the, Nationwide Judicial Fee, NJC, by refusing to ship the identify of Justice Onnoghen because the Chief Justice of Nigeria to the Senate for affirmation three months after the receipt of advice from the NJC.
“In step with the written script of the Northern forces as executed by the President, Justice Onnoghen was sworn in because the Appearing Chief Justice of Nigeria so as to good their plan to oust him on the expiration of three months to pave method for a Northern candidate.
“We want to word that Justice Onnoghen, who’s presently probably the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court docket, by windfall is the primary Southern Justice of the Supreme Court docket to qualify for the place of CJN in about 30 years after the retirement of Justice Ayo Irikefe in 1987. It is going to be recalled that after the exit of Justice Irikefe, subsequent occupants of the place got here from the North.
“Within the mild of the above, we humbly demand the rapid submission of the title of Justice Onnoghen to the Senate for affirmation because the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria according to the provisions of the Structure.
“We enjoin all nicely-that means Nigerians to reject and condemn this harmful precedent set by President Buhari within the governance of Nigeria, because the President has been driving governance on the wheel of ethnicity and faith since his assumption of workplace.”
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