Ijaw youths condemn CJN’s suspension; declares it illegal, a ‘coup against democracy’

Posted by News Express | 26 January 2019 | 1,388 times

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•IYC President Eric Omare

The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) on Friday said it received with shock the news of the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen. 

Reacting to the development, Mr Eric Omare in a statement on Friday that the immediate swearing in of Justice Tanko Muhammed as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria came to IYC as a surprise. 

“This is a coup against democracy and the rule of law. Nigeria is under a constitutional democracy that is governed by the rule of law and the action by President Buhari lacks foundation in law.

“President Buhari lacks the powers to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria without the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.

“And It is even unthinkable to suspend Justice Onnoghen in the light of the multiple valid and subsisting orders of the National Industrial court, federal High court and the court of appeal which bars the Code of Conduct tribunal from going on with the trial of Justice Onnoghen.

“President Buhari claimed to have acted pursuant to an order of the CCT made on the 23rd of January, 2019, however from the records of proceedings of the CCT, no such order was made.

“The pending motions are yet to be taken hence it is surprising for the President to be relying on a non-existing order.

“This is desperation taken too far and the IYC in the strongest terms condemn this display of impunity by President Buhari. This is the height of lawlessness and the greatest threat to democratic rule in Nigeria,” Omare stated.

The IYC called on President Buhari “to immediately reverse this illegal decision”, calling on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy all over the world to rise up and defend our democracy in Nigeria.

He said that anti-democratic forces who truncated democracy in the past must not be allowed to truncate democracy again.


Source: News Express

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