Former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to the suspension of the Chief Judge of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen.
Justice Onnoghen was suspended on Friday by President Muhammadu who said he acted on an order of Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
Ezekwesili, a former presidential candidate, expressed shock over the president’s decision.
In a series of tweets, she called on Buhari to reverse what she described as a violation of the constitution.
“There are only but a few Nigerians today that are not shocked and embarrassed at the case made against the CJN but come on, Mr President @MBuhari , you have GROSSLY ABUSED the principle of Separation of Powers in our Democracy by FAILING TO FOLLOW DUE PROCESS. Reverse that ABUSE.
“You know what’s worse, @NGRPresident @MBuhari , it is the fact that observers of your usual nepotistic instincts could already predict where you were headed with the Judiciary. You DIVIDE your people too much by your words and actions. We have had enough of such poor Leadership.
“So, I advise the @NGRPresident to immediately reverse this constitutional violation and take the matter to the @NGRSenate so 2/3 of them can be consistent with their power of confirmation and sack. Do the right thing on this matter. Don’t truncate our Democracy. It was HARD won.”