Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana has faulted both President Muhammadu Buhari and Justice Walter Onnoghen over the way they handled issues leading to the suspension of the CJN.
Femi Falana who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Sunday, faulted the CJN’s admission that he forgot to declare his assets is not tenable and he should have resigned before it got to the stage of suspension. He said:
“The government should as a matter of urgency, lift the suspension on the Chief Justice, and since the Chief Justice as so much on his own admitted that he did not declare his assets, he should do the needful by calling it quits.”
He stated that after the suspension has been lifted, Onnoghen should quit the bench, because he has already admitted that he failed in his duty to declare his asset as required by the constitution.
Falana faulted the role the Executive and the Judiciary arms of government, who have failed Nigerians with regards to the case of Justice Onnoghen.
He said it was wrong for President Buhari to have suspended him based on an ex parte order of the code of conduct tribunal. He added:
“You can’t fight corruption without following due process.”
He went ahead to call on the Federal Government to reverse the decision to enable Justice Onnoghen to resign honorably.