Buhari Names Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed As New CJN
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, slammed Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, with indefinite suspension and replaced him with Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, from Bauchi State, as the new Justice of Nigeria.
The embattled Justice Onnoghen was eventually suspended after weeks of counter allegations on asset declaration controversy.
The former CJN made several moves to retain his job but the powers that be within the presidency worked against him till the end.
Onnoghen is presently facing trial over false asset declaration set up against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
The CCT had earlier adjourned the case till Monday, January 28, before Appeal Court on Thursday ordered the tribunal to suspend the sitting until the discharge of current application before it.
The Appeal Court ruling also restrained Onnoghen’s removal but the president, sensing meddling with the case, flouted the Appeal Court judgement and went ahead to suspend Justice Onnoghen.
Buhari, shortly after removing the Delta born Justice, noted that he carried out the suspension on the orders of the code of Conduct Tribunal, which was released on January 23.
A few hours after the suspension, many Nigerians have berated the president for his action. Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, said the suspension is shocking.
Secondus added that Buhari has killed democracy with the removal of Onnoghen.
The presidential candidate of People’s Trust party, Gbenga Olawepo Hashim, said the president is leading the country into chaos with his decision on the former CJN.
“This is very sad. It is condemnable and must be condemned by all lovers of democracy,” Hashim stated.
Nigerian Bar Association has also called on the National Assembly to save Nigeria from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The association said the suspension is a coup against the judiciary.