The Coalition of Lawyers against Corruption, COLAC has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent action of suspending the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen is a clear testimony to the President’s mission to decimate the powers of the judicial arm of the government.
hailed the Senate for reconvening to look into the controversial suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Nkanu Onnoghen.
In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Olusegun Bamgbose, on Sunday, COLAC commended the National Assembly for planning to reconvene on Tuesday to look into the “illegal, unconstitutional and obnoxious suspension.”
The statement read; “We want to sincerely commend the National Assembly for planning to reconvene on Tuesday to look into the illegal, unconstitutional and obnoxious suspension of Justice Onnorghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. This is quite appreciated and commendable.
“We equally want to thank the US, EU and UK for rising up to the occasion to express their deep concern for this odious act of the Presidency to subvert and subjugate our Constitution.
“It’s very clear that this government has gone ga ga in its attempt to cause confusion ahead of the Presidential elections coming up on 16th February 2019.
“Buhari must respect our Constitution which he swore to uphold on the 29th of May, 2019 or honorably vacate the State House. He has no business occupying the State House if he will not respect our Constitution.
“We want to assure concerned Nigerians and the International community that there is no cause for alarm as there would be no election in Nigeria except the offensive decision is reversed. We shall leave no stone unturned until sanity returns.
“We shall explore all lawful means to cut the President to size. We shall within the ambits of the law resist any form of executive rascality and recklessness. The law must have his way. We want to assure Nigerians that there will be no going back until the decision is reversed.
“No one messes up with Judiciary and go scot free. We want to tell the parties to continue with their campaigns as there are strong moves to restore the dignity and the integrity of Judiciary before the 16th day of February this year. We will equally want to alert the National Assembly to speak with one voice come Tuesday.
“We are quite aware that the Presidency is seriously engaged in lobbying members of the National Assembly in order to cause confusion as the Senate reconvene on Tuesday. However, we urge them to resist all attempts to use them to destabilize the polity.”