Insiders within the National Assembly has revealed the plan of the Senate President Bukola Saraki to mobilize senators to take a severe action against President Muhammadu Buhari, who suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen.
The source who doesn’t want to be named said the plan is to compel Buhari to reverse his decision over the replacement of Onnoghen who has been facing prosecution over asset declaration.
Recalled that a few hours after the news broke about the suspension of the troubled CJN, Senator Saraki issued a press
statement warning the president of severe consequence if he failed to reverse his controversial decision.
In a statement on Friday, the Senate President noted that the action of the President was unconstitutional and capable of undermining the Nation’s judiciary.
He maintained that President Buhari has sent a wrong signal to the International community that Nigeria was no longer a
democratic country and urged him to reconsider his decision or be ready to face the music, nigeriatoday reported.
The Statement reads:
“The suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Onnoghen by President Buhari is an action capable of undermining the nation’s judiciary,
subverting the Constitution, intimidating judges, and creating uncertainty in the electoral process.
“By unilaterally suspending the CJN without following the provisions of the Constitution, President Buhari has sent a dangerous signal to the entire world that
Nigeria is no longer a democratic nation and that we have returned to the old, jaded era of military dictatorship.
“Our Constitution makes no provision for the suspension of the nation’s highest judicial officer.
“The Constitution provides a clear process for the removal of the CJN and specifies the roles of the three arms of government, beginning from the National Judicial
Council (NJC), the National Assembly and lastly, the Presidency — all have different roles to play in that process.
“There is no condition under which the President can usurp the powers of the other arms of government.
“I do not know where the President and his advisers got this idea of suspending the CJN on the so-called order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal but this is novel, disingenuous and alien to our laws.
“It is strange that President Buhari is claiming to be taking orders from a Tribunal which has been ordered by a superior court to halt all actions on the trial.
“With this action, President Buhari has initiated a process the consequence of which no one can predict. He has precipitated a Constitutional crisis.
“At this point, all democratic institutions in the country, the international community and democrats across the world should rise against this blatant act of impunity.
We must jointly condemn this retrogressive, uncivilized and despotic measure.
“I call on President Buhari to immediately reverse this decision and allow the due process of the law to take its natural course.”