– Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that Justice Walter Onnoghen has not been removed as claimed by Atiku Abubakar
– He stated that there was no fairer way than to handle the issue than how the FG had done
National leader of the All Progressive Congress APC and former Gov. of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that Justice Walter Onnoghen was not removed as Chief Justice of Nigeria by Pres. Muhammadu Buhari.
Justice Walter Onmoghen was suspended by the Federal Government as the Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN based on an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his statement hinted that there is no other fairer way the FG could have reacted to the issue of Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is on trial over the fraudulent declaration of assets.
The Former Governor while responding to a statement on the state of the nation issue by Atiku Abubakar said, “Strange that Atiku would choose to depict the current situation so inaccurately as to stir emotions unduly. He claimed that CJN Onnoghen has been removed.”
Bola Tinubu declared that Walter Onnoghen has only been temporarily suspended which Atiku and his advisors should know and recognise that there is vast legal difference between -‘suspension’ and ‘removal’.
He said, “Yet you persist in conflating the two in what you say is a pursuit of justice. While true you may be in pursuit of something. It is not justice. If justice was your goal, you would acknowledge that the CJN has only been temporarily suspended not permanently removed. Thus, your recourse to saying that the President violated the constitutional provision regarding the removal of a CJN is inaccurate in that Buhari never intended to remove the CJN.
“What he has done is to have the CJN temporarily get out of his chair so that the serious matters against him can be heard by someone other than himself. Should the charges show themselves to be wrong or unproven, the CJN will be automatically reinstated as the head of the Nigerian judiciary.”