Friday Olokor, Abuja
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The organisation described the action of the President as a violation of the constitutional procedure for the removal of the CJN as stipulated in Section 292 of the Nigerian constitution.
The NCSSR in a statement issued on Saturday by its Convener, Clement Nwankwo, said the action “represents a major threat to Nigeria’s democracy and a descent into constitutional anarchy.”
He said, “The constitution of Nigeria is explicit in stating that the Chief Justice of Nigeria may only be removed from office upon a motion supported by two-third of members of the Nigeria Senate on specified grounds.
In purporting to remove the CJN from office, President Buhari has breached the constitution and has acted with impunity and disdain for the rule of law, due process and constitutionality.
“The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse this unconstitutional and illegal action and refrain from interfering with the independence of the judiciary as clearly recognized by the Nigerian constitution, especially with the general elections scheduled to hold in about three weeks.
“Situation Room also calls on the National Assembly to urgently reconvene in an emergency session and provide needed legislative response to this blatant challenge to our constitution and democracy.”
Source The Punch