Acting Chief Justice ,Walter Onnoghen Finally Breaks His Silence On Not Been Confirmed
Justice Walter Onnoghen, who has been an acting Chief Justice of Nigeria today appealed to Nigerians not to pressure President Muhammadu Buhari into appointing him the substantive Chief Justice.Mr. Onnoghen made the appeal in a statement by his media aide, Awassam Bassey on Thursday. In his statement, Mr. Onnoghen appealed to “Nigerians to allow 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,” his spokesperson said.
“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.”
However, Mr. Onnoghen’s role as Acting Chief Justice will end on February 10 after which Mr. Buhari might be unable to submit his name to the Senate again based on a constitutional provision.
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