It’s no longer news that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has filed a six count charge against the Chief Justice of the Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and his trial scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2018 at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja. The petition against the CJN was signed by Dennis Aghanya, the Executive Secretary of an anti-corruption research data-base initiative. He is also the former National Publicity Secretary of President Buhari’s defunct political party, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Here is an interesting part of the petition against the CJN. It was received by the Bureau on January 9, 2019. The very effective and diligent workers at the Bureau completed their investigations, drafted their charges and complete all other formalities on January 11, 2019. And the CJN was promptly charged, handed his charges and with the date of his arraignment set for Monday January 14, 2019.
So, there were just three working days (January 9, 10, 11) for the most hard working public servants, or public officers, civil servants, or employees of the President, to receive a petition against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, completed investigation of the allegations against him, decided on and drafted the six charges against him, completed all other processes including serving him. I think, maybe, they forgot taking his statement sha. Gbam, the job is completed. Because of the urgency of the case, maybe, they probably must have written the judgement of his conviction anyway.This is about thirty days to an epic general elections in Nigeria.
Our dear President Mohammed Buhari, I heard you correctly, when last time you said that every Nigerian has the right to be heard in Court and nobody must interfere with the judicial system. My PMB, I heard you when you said you don’t have a CABAL in your government that your wife didn’t know what she was saying when she alleged otherwise. My PMB, this is the time to walk your talk and not merely talking the talk. I trust you, you cannot be part of this desecration of the judiciary. You have been so good so far, to be part of this deliberate emasculation or crippling of the organ of the government that you rightly described as the last hope of the common man like me. No, you won’t do that.
Mr. President, the Judiciary is an organ of government which is created and empowered like your Executive and the Legislature, with separation of powers, by the same power of the people (the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria), which we all subscribe to and by which you all sworn to obey. Mr. President, I am too ordinary for you to know and recognize but this same principle of Constitution and Constitutionalism, which I taught thousands of my students in the eighties, is still germane and sacrosanct. You have no choice, you must recognize and obey it. Anyone who advises you to do otherwise is your greatest enemy.
Here is a very great and grave opportunity, presenting itself before you now, to prove beyond any doubt at all, reasonable and unreasonable, that you don’t have a CABAL in your government, who are so selfish that they don’t care about what happens to Nigeria after you. And let me add, they don’t care what happens to you.
Sai Baba, Nigerians may not know the faces and names of these CABALS, but we all know President Muhammed Buhari, and it is you and you only that Nigerians and the whole world will hold accountable and responsible, for anything and everything that is happening now and whatever will happen under your Presidency. A stich in time saves nine.
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