A Senior Advocate of Nigeria has warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to think of rejecting the resignation of Justice Walter Onnoghen who voluntarily sent in his resignation letter to the Presidency last week.
This was shortly after the National Judicial Council sent in his recommendation of the Chief Justice to the President.
The National Judicial Council had confirmed the transmission of Onnoghen’s letter to the Presidency through his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari as at Friday but the President was reported to have just jetted out of the country and so had not seen the letter.
Chief Robert Clarke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against rejecting resignation of Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
You will recall that lawyer to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), disclosed that his client took the decision in the interest of the judiciary.
Speaking on the development, Clarke on Channels Tv on Sunday blamed Onnoghen for his present predicament, adding that a petition by the EFCC should have warranted Onnoghen’s resignation since February.
He further noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government should be given credit for taking the head of the judiciary to a tribunal but warned that a rejection of Onnoghen’s resignation will ‘create heat wave in Nigeria politics’.
Clarke said, “The government has knowledge of many things which you and I don’t have, so if the government decided to go and take the head of the judiciary to a tribunal, give them credit that they know what they were doing.
“What has created the situation that he (the CJN) has found himself today is the petition written by EFCC.
That petition, he had a copy of it in February
“As at February, the CJN was aware of those charges labeled against him, at that stage when he got the EFCC’s petition, he should have resigned.
“The politicizing of the situation stopped Onnoghen from doing the needful at the time.
“Let me be honest with you, we should not allow the politics or the political climate to be overheated.
I will advise Buhari as President of Nigeria to accept the resignation because if he does not do so, he is creating another heatwave in the politics of the country.”
Stop Zamfara Killings Now! Residents Cry Out To President Buhari
Indigenes of Zamfara State, resident in Abuja, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene and stop the killings and kidnappings currently going on in the state.
The indigenes, who staged a protest in Abuja on Saturday, decried the insecurity in the state, which has resulted in apprehension, displacements of communities and loss of lives.
The convener of the protest, Miss Fatimah Mustapha, said that their action was to call attention of government to the gruesome killings and cases of kidnappings going on in Zamfara
According to her, perpetrators of these evil acts are getting bolder day by day with little action taken by the authorities to arrest the situation and stop the act.
Also, Mrs. Kaderia Ahmed, a journalist, who participated in the protest, urged the President to direct security personnel to rise to the situation. NAN reports
“We have the challenge of security situation all over the country, but that of Zamfara is clearly bad. We are tired of mass burial and that is why we are calling on PMB to intervene.
“Nobody is talking of these killings now among our leaders, and this is apparently disgusting. This issue involves lives and people deserve to be safe whereever they live in this country,’’ she said.
Mr. Zaharuddeen Bello-Imam, a former Director General on Social Media to Gov. Abdullaziz Yari of Zamfara, said the Federal Government should take decisive action against the kidnappers and bandits operating in the state.
According to Bello-Imam, there was need for total overhaul of the security apparatus of the state to control the situation before the killing and kidnapping get out of hand.
Another protester, Mr. Aliyu Dansado, said the killings and kidnapping had affected farming activities in the state, adding that he was unable to go to his farms for some time because of fear.
“Government should rise up to action to end the killing and kidnapping, we have been paying ransom to kidnappers for the past five years now, people are killed on daily basis, government needs to do something now,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters marched from the Unity Fountain, Maitama Abuja to the Presidential Villa where they presented their letter for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking to the protesters, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Special Assistant to the President on Security, promised to convey their message to the President
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