Onnoghen: Follow The Constitution, US Tells Presidency

The United State (US) government yesterday reacted to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen urging the executive armed of government to follow the constitutional provision.
According to the US government, it is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections
A statement issued by the US Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Public Affairs Section called on the presidency to resolved the decision swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the constitution of Nigeria.
“The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections.”
“We note widespread Nigerian criticism that this decision is unconstitutional and that it undermines the independence of the judicial branch. That undercuts the stated determination of government, candidates, and political party leaders to ensure that the elections proceed in a way that is free, fair, transparent, and peaceful – leading to a credible result.”
“We urge that the issues raised by this decision be resolved swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the Constitution of Nigeria. Such action is needed urgently now to ensure that this decision does not cast a pall over the electoral process,” the statement added.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday suspended the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnonghen and swore in Justice Tanko Ibrahim Mohammed as the acting CJN in his place.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja which degenerated a lot of reactions from Nigerians.
Justice Walter Onnoghen has been facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for asset declaration violation, a trial that has generated a lot of controversy and polarised the polity.

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