It’s A Breach Of The Constitution -Wifa
A constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), B.M. Wifa has condemned the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, describing it as a clear breach of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Reacting in a Radio interview in Port Harcourt on the suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari over Justice Onnoghen’s failure to declare some assets, Wifa said the motive of the president is quite clear as he hurriedly swore-in an Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Muhammed Tanko.
According to him, the Judiciary is enshrined in the constitution to determine such matter and that no court had found Onnoghen guilty before the action of the president, stressing that all Nigerians as well as the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and other relevant bodies should show concern to save Nigerian Democracy from assault.
He maintained that the action by President Buhari was a disgrace to the Judiciary and the constitution of the country, and that he was saddened that the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is also in support of what his administration is doing.
Wifa emphasized that the President does not have the constitutional power to suspend the CJN as it is only the National Judicial Commission (NJC) that has the disciplinary provisions over such a matter on a reputed public officer, and should go through all necessary due processes.