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President Buhari Doesn’t Need Threat to Appoint CJN – Acting CJN


The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has posited that President Muhammadu Buhari does not need to be threatened or pressurised to carry out his constitutional duty, hence Nigerians should allow the President to appoint a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria without undue pressure.
Justice Onnoghen thus appealed to Nigerians not to pressurise President Buhari into appointing him the substantive Chief Justice.
Onnoghen made the appeal in a statement by his media aide, Awassam Basset, Thursday.
There has been growing concern following President Buhari refusal to transmit Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation as substantive CJN as required by the constitution, almost three months on acting capacity.
The Nigerian Judiciary Council has recommended Onnoghen’s appointment since November 2016.
Many Nigerians had expressed concern over the matter even with ethnic undertone that Buhari’s refusal to forward Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation is because he is from the south south region of the country.
Meanwhile, the statement said: “Justice Onnoghen appealed to Nigerians to allow Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, a free hand to perform his constitutional duties concerning the appointment of a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“Honourable Justice Onnoghen believes the president does not need any threat or ultimatum to perform his constitutional duties and therefore dissociates himself from those individuals and groups making such demands on the President.
“However, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Nigerian Judiciary sincerely appreciate the interest of Nigerians towards the appointment of a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria to oversee the affairs of the Judiciary as the third arm of government, but believes that issuing an ultimatum to Mr. President appears to be going too far and smacks of disrespect for the exalted office of the president.
“The Acting Chief Justice therefore appeals for caution on the issue of the appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria as Mr President goes about his constitutional duties, especially considering the fact that the given time for him to act as Chief Justice of Nigeria has not expired.
“In conclusion, the Acting Chief Justice wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support and continued prayers while calling on them to back the Federal Government in the fight to make the country a better place for all.”

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