Elder statesman and former Federal Commissioner in the Public Complaints Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has stated that the suspension of embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen has saved judiciary and the nation Nigeria from shame.
Recall that Buhari had on Friday suspended Onnoghen following an interim order by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in favour of the Federal Government.
Mr Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed was appointed as the acting CJN in his place.
Reacting to the development, Tsav in a statement on Friday night said any Nigerian who is not happy with the suspension of Justice Onnoghen is irredeemably corrupt and wicked.
He said, “The swearing in of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari is a welcome development as it would pave the way for the former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to now have the focus necessary for him to clear himself before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
“It must be noted that Justice Onnoghen’s date with the CCT is about explaining how and why he operated series of domiciliary bank accounts in violation of the law. His arraignment before the Tribunal is not in connection with a ruling he gave or the way he conducted himself in court so the distraction he caused by claiming that only the National Judicial Council (NJC) could discipline him does not apply in this instance.
“President Buhari must be commended for acting to save the judiciary and the image of our country, which was fast being reduced into a circus as the erstwhile chief interpreter of the law was about setting a dangerous precedent of ignoring court summons for him to be arraigned. It took the decisive call of Mr. President to save the judiciary from shame and save Nigeria’s democracy from the collision course that the ex-CJN’s behaviour had set it.
“The Nigerian judiciary came to a low point that still requires intensive damage control. The clear cut matter of the former CJN appearing before the Tribunal to defend himself against the charges of false asset declaration preferred against him by the Federal Government became something that was being argued and interpreted at beer parlor joints while the accused repeatedly exploited ridiculous loopholes to evade appearing in court.
“Had he persisted in office when it was imperative that he should vacate the position to ensure that his case before the CCT was not unduly influenced by his position, the entire democratic structure of Nigeria would have been compromised since all post-election litigations that would produce questionable rulings would have Onnoghen’s handprint all over them.
“The law is no respecter of persons so Justice Onnoghen should prove to Nigerians that he believes in the treatment he had dished to them for several decades now; he himself admitted committing the infractions. It is now up to him to argue extenuating circumstances in defence of his action.
“It is most unfortunate that this bold step towards saving the judiciary from itself is being given both political and ethnic coloration, which is most unfortunate as the arguments be pushed forward by some of those speaking in favour of Onnoghen are in reality casting aspersion on his integrity for a judicial officer of his stature should not be portrayed as being a card carrying member of a political party for its chieftains to rise in his vehement defence.
“Any Nigerian who is not happy with the suspension of billionaire Justice Onnoghen after all the revelations which he (Onnoghen) has not denied, is irredeemably corrupt, wicked and is undeserving of making contributions to the ongoing discourse around the reforms needed in the judiciary.
Meanwhile, acting CJN Justice Tanko should see the events leading to his appointment as a wake-up call to initiate the reforms and anti-corruption crusade needed to sanitize the judiciary in Nigeria while ensuring that the era of justice being put on sale is a thing of the past.”
Ex-President Ibrahim Babangida Is Not Dead, Says Spokesman
Prince Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of former military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) has refuted the report that he (IBB) is dead.
Reports on Sunday emerged on social media that IBB died in the early hours of Sunday, December 15th.
However, Afegbua in a statement described the report as ‘fake news.
The statement reads, “It has become consistent fake news for quite some time now wishing our own IBB, the one we easily refer to as “the last don” of Nigeria politics, dead.
“The “fake news bill” would be a suitable response to this category of fake news carrier.
“IBB is very much alive and bubbling. He just started attending to friends and associates who came to see him today, Sunday, 15th December, 2019 right here at his Minna Hilltop mansion. He is full of life and in his characteristic bubbling mood.
“May Allah forgive those who wish IBB dead. God is the giver and taker of life, not humans. Death, as the irrevocable end of all creation, will surely come to everyone some day and at the appointed time and hour, but to deliberately spread fake news and wish someone dead, is to take humanity to another bizarre level. May Allah forgive them. IBB, by the special grace of Allah, the omniscient and omnipotent One, shall live to fulfill his journey and destiny in life, to the consternation of those who are always wishing him dead. This is about the third time this year.
“We wish to thank those who took time to reach out to us, home and abroad, to find out the truth. We thank you all for your love, care and concern. May Allah grant us all good health, sound mind and long life. Amin.”
Nigeria Back To Military Era — Okogie
A former Catholic archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Okogie, has said that Nigeria was back to the era of military dictatorship.
In a statement on Friday, the outspoken Catholic priest said that the country needed leaders, who would be interested in listening to the people and entertaining their views no matter how critical it may be.
Okogie, who condemned the now usual disobedience of court orders by President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime, added that it was important for citizens’ rights to be respected for Nigeria to make progress as a democratic society.
He said, “If the executive disobeys court rulings, and if it intimidates and humiliates the judiciary, then we are back to the era when a military junta made laws and interpreted them without any regard for fundamental human rights.
“In a democracy, those who govern are chosen by the people to represent the people. And if they are to represent the people, they must listen to the people. Not only do true democrats listen, they also are not afraid of dissenting opinions.
“They do not arrogate to themselves the power to accuse, arrest, prosecute and convict. But can we candidly say we have democrats at the helm of affairs in this country at this point in time?
“How can we claim to live in a democracy when presidential spokespersons tell us the presidency is always right?
“We have returned to a sinful past when citizens could be abducted and locked up in detention without trial under the pretext of acting in the interest of national security.
“But Nigerians do not want military rule anymore.”
Don’t Leave The Country, Stay And Advance The Cause Of Your Motherland – Buhari Tells Nigerian Youths
Nigerian youths have been urged by President Muhammadu Buhari to stay and advance the cause of their motherland.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari made this known on Saturday, December 14, at the 44th convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife.
President Buhari said: “It is high time that universities took more proactive roles in ensuring that graduands perform more meaningfully in the world of works.
“It is in view of this that we wish to exhort our youths to start looking inwards, stay and advance the cause of their motherland. We have no other country than Nigeria. We should remain here to salvage the country together.”
The president said the future of Nigeria lies in the mode and quality of education provided to the citizenry, adding that the government needs support with funding education.
He, therefore, tasked universities on the need for them to increase their internally generated revenue (IGR) to enhance sustainable education.
In his remarks, Eyitope Ogunbodede, the university’s vice-chancellor, announced that the university is currently reviewing the curricular of all academic programmes, in line with current developments and standards.
Ogunbodede added that emphasis was being placed on training job creators and not mere job seekers. He informed the gathering that the university would no longer be dependent on the national grid, as it would soon generate its own electricity.