Buhari under fire over inaction on Acting Chief Justice Onnoghen

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Two weeks to the expiration of the three months tenure of Walter Onnoghen as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, there is growing disquiet over the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to forward his name to the Senate for confirmation as substantive head of Nigeria’s judiciary.

The National Judicial Council had on October 6, 2016 recommended Mr. Onnoghen to President Buhari as successor to Mahmud Mohammed whose tenure was to expire on November 9, 2016.

But rather than immediately forward the name to the Senate for confirmation or reject the recommendation, the President on November 10 appointed Mr. Onnoghen to the office in acting capacity. That appointment will lapse on February 10 based on a constitutional provision.

As stipulated in Chapter 7, Section 31 (1) of the Constitution, “The appointment of a person to the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria shall be made by the President on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council subject to confirmation of such appointment by the Senate”.

Chapter four of the same section states that; “If the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria is vacant or if the person holding the office is for any reason unable to perform the functions of the office, then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of that office, or until the person holding has resumed those functions, the President shall appoint the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to perform those functions.

The Constitution further states in sub-section (5) of the same section that; “Except on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, an appointment pursuant to the provisions of subsection (4) of this section shall cease to have effect after the expiration of three months from the date of such appointment, and the President shall not re-appointment a person whose appointment has lapsed”.

Buhari1From the foregoing, lawyers say that unless Mr. Onnoghen’s name is forwarded to the Senate and he is confirmed, he would cease to be the acting CJN from February 10. Mr. Buhari would also not be able to submit his name to the Senate as substantive CJN after that date and he would have to be replaced.

According to some legal practitioners, the failure of Mr. Buhari to forward the name of Mr. Onnoghen to the Senate, long after his recommendation, is dangerous for Nigeria and the judiciary in particular.

Speaking on the matter, shortly before the expiration of the tenure of the former CJN, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Sebastine Hon, described Mr. Buhari’s delay in processing the confirmation of Mr. Onnoghen as “scary, to say the least”.

“The name of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, the next most Senior Justice of the Supreme Court, has since October, 2016 been forwarded to the President, who is expected, constitutionally, to forward it to the Senate for confirmation.

“Till this moment, Mr. President has not forwarded Justice Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation. This is scary, to say the least”, Mr. Hon had stated.

But hours after the said expiration of Mr. Mohammed’s tenure on October 10, the president appointed Mr. Onnoghen to fill the vacant position, as stipulated by the Constitution.

As the expected three months during which Mr. Onnoghen can act as chief justice draws near, stakeholders have been speaking on the implications of not submitting his name to the Senate.

Speaking on the development, Rotimi Oguneso, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, viewed the president as “having a penchant for stirring up needless controversies”.

“This is where I find a problem with this government. It appears the present government has a penchant for stirring up needless controversies.

“The NJC has recommended Justice Onnoghen, who is the most senior judge to be the next CJN. What the president needs to do is to send his name to the Senate and it will come into being”, Mr. Oguneso said.

“The government has not told us; I am not aware of any situation or any disability on the part of Honourable Justice Onnoghen. He has already been recommended even to the substantive office, why make him acting in the first instance? That is where the controversy started.

“The Nigerian government right from the Obasanjo time, do not seem to like the collegial system of appointment; whereby it is the judiciary that has so much say on who becomes the Chief Justice. But the truth of the matter is that if they do not like it; why don’t they push for a constitutional amendment?

“The former President Obasanjo did express his reservations, that the executive doesn’t seem to have so much say; but I don’t see that as being correct. Because there is nobody who is appointed a judge whom the State Security Service will not have conducted an investigation upon. If the president has anything against a certain appointee, he should state it. Why not make it public?” Mr. Oguneso queried.

For another senior advocate, Samson Ameh, the situation is not one that cannot be remedied as the NJC still reserves a constitutional right to intervene.

“The NJC can still intervene and prolong the period, possibly. So as it is now, if the period of three months is to expire, I will recommend the intervention of the NJC to enable the president take the decision that is to be taken,” said Mr. Ameh who encouraged the presidency to ‘act in order to avoid a constitutional crisis’.

Another lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, also said that the situation should not degenerate into something worrisome as many Nigerians presume.

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Jiti Ogunye

“The hysteria in town about the possibility of a doomsday that is looming; that once that three month clocks, then the judiciary will be thrown into a pandemonium, or a new CJN may then be appointed on a rotational bases; that doomsday prediction may not occur”, Mr. Ogunye said.

“Let’s apply the facts to that provision; the NJC currently is headed by this same acting CJN, so the NJC can exercise the power to say we want the present acting CJN to continue, and the president cannot override that recommendation,” he said.

Mr. Ogunye however queried the president’s silence on the matter.

“What this president has failed to do is to either forward his name to the Senate or, if he has any reason that is cogent and verifiable for not accepting the recommendation, he then consults with the NJC on that subject.

“The Third Schedule to the Constitution, in Part One, Paragraph 21 and 22, details the composition of the NJC and the powers of the NJC. Under those provisions you will see that the president is empowered to consult with the NJC on any matter pertaining to the Judiciary.

“So under that position that allows for consultation, the president or governor of a state, if he has any reservation, is obliged to consult with the NJC. And the president can have such an objection, because it’s not a rubberstamp.

“So what this president has not done, which a lot of people find objectionable and unacceptable is that he has not exercised his power regarding this matter, and I have serious objection to that kind of dilatory and lethargic approach”, said Mr. Ogunye.

He added that the constitutional position of the NJC is not without its own faults and that before the expiration of these three months, the presidency is not under any obligation to succumb to the recommended choice of a CJN by the council.

“Some people have said that the position of the presidency is merely a rubberstamp; he has no choice in the matter. I don’t think so. What I think rankles and is unacceptable is for the presidency not to act. The NJC is constituted in such a way that it is possible for somebody who is not desirable to be a CJN to emerge. What is the tradition here? The most senior.

Judges
Judges

“At that point of recommendation, other persons do not have a say. And being that the NJC in recent times has done certain things that people have found very objectionable. Indeed, the NJC did come out to defend the judges, some of whom are on trial now, only for them to backtrack when they saw the groundswell of public opinion against that kind of stands, in the face of overwhelming damming evidence in the public domain.

“So my opinion is that government has to act on that recommendation. If he has a reservation let the president disclose it. You can’t allow government business to be transacted on the basis of speculation”.

Mr. Ogunye lamented the repeated cases of delays in ensuring the confirmation of public office holders by the Executive arm of government, describing the development as a “questionable style of governance”.

“And I have questioned what is now becoming a style of governance. Magu was appointed acting chairman of EFCC and it took months, something that ought to take days, before his name was forwarded to the Senate for confirmation. You go to constitute a cabinet and it took about eight months. As we speak some heads of agencies, parastatals and corporations are yet to be established.

“Now that we are talking about the Judiciary, when the president knows that he has to exercise this power, why has he not done so, or if he has a reservation, why has he not approached the NJC in good conscience?

“And this is rife. For over three months, this debate has generated various dimensions, basically an ethnic dimension, regional dimension and a dimension of the allegation that the Executive arm of government wants to control the Judiciary”, Mr. Ogunye said.

Efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to get the presidency to comment on whether or not the name of Mr. Onnoghen will be sent to the Senate yielded no results.

The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said he was not in a position to comment on the matter, since the President was on vacation out of the country.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The spokesperson for the Vice President, Laolu Akande, neither picked his calls nor called back when approached by PREMIUM TIMES. He also failed to reply to text messages.


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  • Iskacountryman

    i thought you guys were chanting buhari is dead…can a dead man appoint a cjn?…take your problems to osibanjo…

    • Truth

      It is obvious that president Buhari has a special hatrade for some section of Nigeria people and it’s quite unfortunate that the acting cnj comes from that region let’s wait and see the northern saint he wants to put in that position Who will work in his favour. Nigerian democracy is dead and buried.for those of you who still believe in one Nigeria good luck. For me and my Biafrans brothers and sisters the struggle continues we must achive our set objective which is a biafran nation
      They will kill us they will put us in preson but one thing is sure we are not going back this struggle will last forever. But let nobody be Fooled one day those people these government is killing Will rise up and defend themselves.

      • Iskacountryman

        you never had democracy…

        • Intrepid

          Old Dan gurugu, you no deh sleep? Abi you don tire for that yanriya? Ok I give you Oteh tonight, she is here with me.

          • Iskacountryman

            you…which oteh…wey i don tell am make she lie low…dem people wan human head for bride price…

    • Bode Junior

      IF JUSTICE ONOGHEN IS AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, WHO IS HE ACTING FOR? THAT’s THE ISSUE!

      PRESIDENT BUHARI MUST QUICKLY COME CLEAN AND ANSWER THIS QUESTION ON TELEVISION.

      • Iskacountryman

        oya go wake am up…

    • abodes_124

      Osibanjo might as well be for all that he is able to do. If it were the days when he listened to Tinibu he would have done something like he did during 2 previous absences when he deregulated the price of fuel and devalued the Naira before Oga came back..

      • Iskacountryman

        he will be impeached…

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    The grapevine/rumor says there is an adverse Security Report on the respected Acting CJN and as a result, FGN is reluctant to confirm him.

    If inded such a report exists, the FGN should come out and make it public.

    If there are any other additional reasons for the reluctance to confirm the acting CJN, the FGN must also make that public.

    If the FGN is unable to do this, then the FGN must with immediate effect take steps to confirm the acting CJN.

    • Abracadabra

      Go sit down with those oft fabricated so-called SSS security report. There is report, and so? You think this president truly hates corruption? With SGF Lawal, Buratai and co? What else? Wake up and think. Buhari is sick and hateful! Shikena.

      • www.electionoffenders.ng

        sir, calm down and read our comments again. Our recommendation is that he shld be confirmed if there is no cogent reason to do otherwise. How is this different from your position?

    • ukoette ibekwe

      There is a negative report but that didn’t disqualify him to be an acting CJN.

    • Otile

      Is he really a Northerner?

    • abodes_124

      Psychops from Lai’s office.

  • Analyst

    Why are people surprised, this man is not a fulani man, he is not even a muslim. Why should Buhari send his name when he doesn’t meet the first two requirements in Buhari qualification standard for any sensitive position in his government?

    • Lanre

      Thank you for your sensible comment.

      • Iskacountryman

        these illiterates do not seem to understand that osibanjo has the power to forward the name as acting president…

        • abodes_124

          …but has he got the guts to do so.

          • Iskacountryman

            nope…

    • okenwa

      But osinbajo is now acting president so he can send his name now.

      • abodes_124

        osibanjo is acting but not president

        • okenwa

          Osibanjo as it stand now has the powers of president and he was the one who sent the name of magu of efcc to senate during buhari’s last vacation.

          • abodes_124

            not quite sure you got the point of my tongue in cheek comment

  • Truth Sayer

    There was a President.

  • PLAN A

    The shadows of Nepotism leaves in its path a trail of suspense,insecurity and needless violence. If this man was Fulani,would we have had this delay? Meditate on the response; chew it DELIBERATELY till the lessons sinks. Is this a dictatorship? We all say no! Is this a democracy?… Pause

  • Advanced Analysis

    @PLAN A:disqus

    For the first time
    in the history of Nigeria there is no Chief Justice of Nigeria. In fact, since
    November after Buhari appointed Justice Onnoghen as Acting Chief Justice,
    President Buhari has not taken any step to send the name of Justice Onnoghen
    to the Senate for confirmation as the real and substantive Chief Justice of
    Nigeria.

    In the Constitution
    of Nigeria a president that says he has appointed a Judge only as ACTING
    CHIEF JUSTICE is saying to the whole world that there is no Chief Justice of
    Nigeria. Are you following me? What I am telling you here as free tutorial is
    advanced law. An Acting Chief Justice can only exist where there is no Chief
    Justice.

    What President Buhari is therefore saying
    to Nigerians now is that he has not appointed anybody at all
    as Chief Justice of Nigeria, either because Justice Onnoghen is not worth it
    (in Buhari’s views) or he wants to appoint a junior under Justice Onnoghen
    who is a northerner and a Muslim as Chief Justice. Are you following me?

  • Advanced Analysis

    @uforoabaz:disqus

    For the first time
    in the history of Nigeria there is no Chief Justice of Nigeria. In fact, since
    November after Buhari appointed Justice Onnoghen as Acting Chief Justice,
    President Buhari has not taken any step to send the name of Justice Onnoghen
    to the Senate for confirmation as the real and substantive Chief Justice of
    Nigeria.

    In the Constitution
    of Nigeria a president that says he has appointed a Judge only as ACTING
    CHIEF JUSTICE is saying to the whole world that there is no Chief Justice of
    Nigeria. Are you following me? What I am telling you here as free tutorial is
    advanced law. An Acting Chief Justice can only exist where there is no Chief
    Justice.

    What President Buhari is therefore saying
    to Nigerians now is that he has not appointed anybody at all
    as Chief Justice of Nigeria, either because Justice Onnoghen is not worth it
    (in Buhari’s views) or he wants to appoint a junior under Justice Onnoghen
    who is a northerner and a Muslim as Chief Justice. Are you following me?

    • Logicopropos

      @disqus_OGwCbv7tq9:disqus

      Presidential aides reported here miss the crux of the matter by miles. Laolu Akande could not be reached
      but Femi Adesina who was reached offered alibi rather than reason. He said he cannot comment on the
      matter because President Muhamadu Buhari is on vacation in England.

      A Legal Practitioner interviewed here;
      Jiti Ogunye, took off on a tangent to impliedly say notwithstanding any stricture in the Constitution
      the National Judicial Council can insist (as an advisory body?) that Justice Onnoghen be confirmed
      as Chief Justice of Nigeria. None of these views takes due account of the actual facts.

      The crucial fact omitted by all persons interviewed here is that there is an Acting President YEMI OSINBAJO
      with the full powers of a president under the Constitution, including a right to send the name of Justice Onoghen

      to the Senate for confirmation. Yemi Osinbajo actually has no option,
      because Muhamadu Buhari will not resume work until the last day of the
      deadline for confirmation of Justice Onoghen; which is 10th February.

      • Repost007

        “In the President, in whom much hope was invested and misery was reaped, the man died.
        In the President, who made promises of alleviating poverty during campaign but rather
        exacerbates the level of hunger in the land, the man died. In the President who
        promised to declare his assets but goes to odious lengths to explain why he
        could not do it any longer, the man died. In the President who promised
        to reduce the cost of petrol but ended up increasing it astronomically,
        the man died. In the President who promised to increase the
        value of our Naira but rather devalued it beyond recognition,
        the man died”.

        ……………….Remi Oyeyemi

        (January 3rd, 2017)

    • Bode Junior

      IF JUSTICE ONOGHEN IS AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, THEN, WHO IS HE ACTING FOR? THAT’s THE ISSUE!

      PRESIDENT MUHAMMAD BUHARI MUST NOW COME CLEAN AND ANSWER THIS QUESTION ON TELEVISION.

      • DanBlocker

        @disqus_2jTEkxx4rF:disqus : BUHARI intentionally refused to appoint a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria,
        and refused to give any reason till date for his nonsense conduct, as if Nigeria belongs to him and his primitive and murderous Fulani kinsmen, to run the country like personal fiefdom. Buhari, of course, can’t
        be expected to say in public that he considers the post of Chief Justice of Nigeria as the birth right of his northern kinsmen. That is why he’s kept quiet in his pursuit of evil. He appointed the most senior Justice
        of the Supreme Court (Onoghen) but only as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, because Onoghen
        is a southerner.

  • Hajiya Tunsj Soyemi(mai fura)

    The only people pretending to be surprised are the Jiti’s and other buhari worshippers who say he can do no wrong.
    What do they mean by controversy?? The man told you in clear terms he is for the 97%.
    Why wonder about his silence?? Do you guys really expect buhari to come on air and say he cannot..WILL NOT forward the name because onnoghen is NOT from a particular zone & religion??
    When Buhari appointed people from this same ‘zone & religion’ into 98% of security positions, same Jiti and the online minions(now at large) said he is appointing those he can work with and trust.
    So why should Jiti feign confusion if Buhari says again(through his body language) he can only work with someone from this same ‘zone & religion’ and not onnoghen??
    Where are the tundemesses/tunsj/julius, Kay soyemis, marias, amazing2012s of this world?
    Are they not hiding their empty heads in SHAME???
    CLOWNS!

    • donMe$$i

      Put yourself in their shoes hajiya. When last has there been any news that will force them out of their cocoons to shriek sai baba?????

  • ojays

    Do we have a govt? Bcos people are killed daily and no response, govt business is left unattended as if someone will be in that office for eternity. The states don’t have INEC commissioners, boards of several MDAs are not constituted so that they can function properly.
    This is the greatest mistake Nigerian voters have ever made.
    Talk of economy it’s in shambles, you can’t plan for anything bcos prices continue to swing upwards by the hour.
    Solution is to your tents oh Ibo, Yoruba others will settle themselves.

    • abodes_124

      the solution is to try and elect Leaders who know what is involved in running a country and who have the capacity and ability to do so. Present one does not know or have.

  • GEJ FOREVER

    GO TO BLAZES IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT

    Justice Walter Onnoghen is not a Muslim ….. worse still …. he is not Hausa-Fulani.

    He is nothing but an infidel, a kafir from Southern Nigeria.

    Therefore Ayotollah Muhammadu Buhari cannot and will never appoint him as Chief Justice of Nigeria …. period.

    If you don’t like it …. go to blazes.

    “Sharia should be introduced all over Nigeria. I will continue to show openly and inside me, the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God willing, we will not stop the agitation for total implementation of Sharia in the country (Nigeria). It is a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria, to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly. What remains for Muslims in Nigeria is for them to re-double their efforts and educate Muslims on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia law. ……. General Muhammadu Buhari,

    He who has ears, let him hear.

  • Repost by Popular Demand

    EDITOR SIR,

    The Answer to the Riddle…….

    “The crucial fact omitted by all persons interviewed here is that there is an Acting President – YEMI OSINBAJO –
    with the full powers of a president under the Constitution, including a right to send the name of Justice Onoghen
    to the Senate for confirmation. Yemi Osinbajo actually has no option because Muhamadu Buhari will not resume
    work until the last day of the deadline for confirmation of Justice Onoghen, which is the 10th of February.”

    …………………………Logicopropos

    • O.O Osas

      NIGERIA IS IN ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE because what you have does not have what it takes
      to move Nigeria forward and new elections are not due until another two years to replace Buhari.
      The problem now is how to live under continuous set of wrong policies that are sinking Nigeria.
      There’s been no electricity in most parts of Nigeria since New Year day and the darkness is deep.
      Crimes and violence have now overtaken cities and crimes and overwhelmed the Police Force.
      Illiterates fill up Ministries and civil service to make the meaning of ‘government’ in Nigeria a joke.

  • Bode Junior

    @GEJ FOREVER:disqus

    IF JUSTICE ONOGHEN IS AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, WHO IS HE ACTING FOR? THAT’s THE ISSUE!

    PRESIDENT BUHARI MUST QUICKLY COME CLEAN AND ANSWER THIS QUESTION ON TELEVISION.

  • O’ Jose

    @disqus_2jTEkxx4rF:disqus

    …….My people……it’s not looking good O……Buhari is losing goodwill very fast……
    ….more than he’s gaining it…..and now…after 17 months…..he has negatives ……
    ………..numbering enough to write a book……….from his blunders overseas…..to this….
    …huge suspicion… that he’s another Fulani Islamist hegemonist and northern tribalist……
    ……….but, that’s a smelly body odour to carry around…….if it also includes…… as it does…..
    …….jumping the window of parliament to forge appropriation bills…….. and merely winking….
    …at the genocide of 300+ Shiite Muslims, and, winking at the murders committed daily……..
    ………………….by the rifle-bearing mad and maddening Fulani herdsmen……………

  • Rommel

    I don’t envy the president in this situation,Justice Onnoghen’s file is very dirty but should the president act on it,he would be accused of tribalism,this system of appointing Chief justice of the federation cannot be allowed to continue,it breeds mediocrity as well as the possibility of some criminals and very corrupt politically exposed elements planting their own sleeper judge along the line with hope that in due course,the person will become the most senior judge and then chief justice of Nigeria like happening now in the case of this Judge.

    • khalil

      You are right bro! Amaechis file was very clean..thats why Buhari appointed him minister.
      Ahahahahaha! You too much bro! Carry on if it works for you! LOL!

      • imagine_2012

        Buratai’s file is even cleaner. Remember that the president abhors corruption in any form.

        • GEJ FOREVER

          Buhari’s file is WASC clean abi?

      • Rommel

        Do you begin to compare the chief justice of the federation with a minister? who is supposed to deliver justice if the judiciary becomes market exchange where buying and selling of judgements occurs?

        • emmanuel

          We would rather compare his file in your possession with that of Buhari in the minds and archives of Nigeria media houses and facebook

        • Psi Ciroma

          you are such a waste and shameless being. so Burutai is now being excused?

      • abodes_124

        Rommel is a master at this sort of thing. you have fallen into his trap which was to change the focus of the discussion then his fellow travellers will pile in and we will be discussing issues far from the original subject and on grounds they have chosen.

    • AvantGarde

      I’m sure Fashola’s file is squeaky clean and those documents released by the Lagos State govt. showing clearing of cables for N300m and website maintenance contracts for 70 million must be forged. That was why Buhari appointed him. Or the DSS report on Magu is false. Or Babachir Lawal really didnt clear grass for hundreds of millions using money meant for IDPs. Should I go on…

      • Rommel

        Judiciary occupies an important arm of governance,a corrupt Fashola,Amaechi or even Buhari cannot be compared with a corrupt Judiciary,the buying and selling of justice should be treated as a crime against humanity.

    • Darlington

      When is the turn of a Southern to become CJN, all of a sudden his file is now dirty? Buhari is sent to destroy what is left of this nation.

      • okenwa

        Even other senior justices from christians south were all arrested, removed from office and being prosecuted.

    • emmanuel

      Nonsense. I screamed on the night of Judicial officers raid that Onnoghen was the prime target, but somehow they sensed Nigeria would be aroused to tribal sentiments and that was dropped. They eventually told us that it was his nieghbours house that was raided.
      Must your people think with their eyes instead of their brains?
      His file is dirty and Buharis file is clean? Magus file has been resent to the Senate and a sordid question has been thrown to the World to consider, “Is Magu not doing an excellent job’? Let us now ask same question about Onnoghen ‘is Onnoghen not doing excellent job’?

    • abodes_124

      Aha here come Goebbels disciples let it slip in eh. So we now know that ‘Justice Onnoghen’s file is very dirty’. there will be some planted headlines and DSS raids to follow. Usual script. eh Herr Rommell?

  • PLAN A

    As a man chewing gravels,
    So is he that thinks that this is an oversight;
    The ghost will leave a smell,
    The prey will leaves it’s tracks,
    Man will leave body languages,
    The unknown is what is to feared,
    The known can only get worse,
    Uwais
    Belgore
    Kutigi
    Katsina-alu
    Musdapher
    Muktar
    Mohammed
    Onnongen? Acting

    • Otile

      Separation is the answer.

  • Black or White

    corrupt lawyers and judges, shut up. It is not even Feb 1 yet. All you people know is to constitute anarchy.

    • Lulu Okisoke

      @disqus_shRMvsO4cC:disqus:

      Muhamadu Buhari should be called to order right
      now before he sets Nigeria on fire with his nepotism and brazen tribalism.
      There was no reason for appointing Justice Onoghen as Acting Chief Justice of
      the Supreme Court in the first instance. Justice Onoghen is the most senior
      judge on the bench.

      Almost by rights he should have been confirmed Chief
      Justice once the National Judicial Council of jurists certified him as
      competent, reasonable and sensible.

      What else
      does President Buhari need, apart from irrelevant Islamic credentials and
      northern ‘citizenship’? President Buhari is setting a dangerous precedent. It
      is a tragedy there are no elders any longer in the land but a slew ragged and
      jagged buffoons self-described as ‘statesmen’ who fiddle as Nigeria burns.

      • Iyalaya Anybody

        BUHARI IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER BOTH FOR IGNORANCE AND FOLLY.

        BUHARI DOES NOT READ AND SO HE DOES NOT KNOW THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW.

    • emmanuel

      Son of Lucifer foolani herdsman, the trouble wen una dey look for for Nigeria, na only una go tak una hand cause am. There is a limit to everything

  • Otile

    Whatever the case as soon as Bukari’s 2 weeks vacation is over let him come home and clear the air, he cannot continue keeping Nigerians is suspense unnecessarily. We cannot accept a situation whereby some Fulanis will transfer the president to Saudi Arabia and tell us that he is enjoying extended vacation or on lesser hajj. This is not people voted for.

    • Otile

      This is not what people voted for.

      • Repost by Popular Demand

        “The crucial fact omitted by all the persons interviewed here is
        that there is an Acting President – YEMI OSINBAJO – with the full powers of a
        president under the Constitution, including a right to send the name of Justice
        Onoghen to the Senate for confirmation. Yemi Osinbajo actually has no option
        because Muhamadu Buhari will not resume work until the last day of the deadline
        for confirmation of Justice Onoghen, which is the 10th of February.”

        …………………….Logicopropos

      • abodes_124

        Well it is what they HAVE voted for.

    • Aro. Ilesanmi

      @disqus_shRMvsO4cC:disqus

      BUT BUHARI REGIME MAKES NIGERIA LOOK LIKE A BRIEF AND TEMPORARY COUNTRY
      NOW UNDER AN ACTING PRESIDENT, AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT,
      AND THEN; A SENATE PRESIDENT ON TRIAL FOR UNCOUNTABLE CRIMINAL OFFENCES.

    • emmanuel

      Otile you don catch them in their craftiness. Na lesser hajj story dem wan tell us. When Aisha spoke in parables to make her husband step aside to take care of his health, people did not get her gist.
      The cabal had ran the government for a while and have been working round the clock from Kaduna to Abuja in about a week, looking out the best option.
      They banded the three middle belt non in their midst during the day and held nucturnal meetings at night to their exclusion.
      Head or tail, Nigerians are the loosers. We survived USA prediction of 2015, will the survival last longer?

    • abodes_124

      has it gone from 10 days to 2 weeks. sonn it will be 2 working weeks which will make it almost 3 weeks.

  • Gary

    When we say the man is a sectarian bigot with a tribal agenda, the cult worshippers and media mercenaries flood the forum to defend him and engage in name-calling. So can anyone give us a rational explanation for why Buhari has refused to forward the CJN for confirmation? Is he waiting for a duplicate DSS report to the Senate like was done for Magu? Who is next in line if they run out the clock on Onnoghen and why did PT not tell that to its readers in this report?
    Now that he’s acting with the full powers of the President, what or who is stopping Mr. Osinbajo to do for Onnoghen what he did for Magu by forwarding his name to the Senate?
    Why is the Senate as an institution not demanding that the President forward the nomination and not usurp its authority on who gets confirmed or not? Where is the Southern caucus at the Senate on this issue?
    Most importantly, why are the Nigerian people and their elected representatives choosing to be silent in the face of creeping tyranny that is now undermining our democracy?

    • ayomi

      Our leaders have sold us and their souls to the Fulani

    • emmanuel

      Southern National Assembly memebers; especially of SS and SE are bunch of buffons. The rule of the game is lobby. You lobby acting CJN position with 2017 budget until one gives way. They are pre-occupiend with which dress they would put on to the next plenary, which Asewo would service them next and how much would come into their bnk account at the end of the months.
      Then they enjoy good sleep during the plenaries and forget the reason why they are there.
      Bunch of bastards!

    • abodes_124

      it would be a pity if it is the southern caucus rather than all the legislators who press for Onneghen’s name to be forwarded. If it turns out to be the case it will illustrate how divided we are in this country.

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  • PLAN A

    Mr President,Where I go start?
    A well educated dump Vice President,
    A Senate President on trial for corruption,
    A Speaker accused of “padding” the budget,
    An unrecognised Chief Justice in acting capacity,
    A Secretary of the Federation accused of contract scam,
    A confused Central bank Governor,
    A country called Nigeria whose citizens are spectators in this unfolding spectacle.
    Where does really start?

  • Spoken word

    we are too sentimental in this country.nobody ever talks about getting the best person for the job

    • arewethishopeless

      Dont mind them. The acting CJN is definately not the best man for the job. And to educate those complaining, the president not acting on the recommendation if the NJC is also an act on its own. So who is saying PMB has not acted? 3 months will expire and the acting CJN will be pushed to where he belongs … Rubbish …

      • emmanuel

        Yes it is rubbish when NDA wakes up again.Abi you nor understand say action dey give room for reaction? Nigerias history is being re-written single handedly by Buhari. Not even Abacha went this way, but nature will teach him great lesson, that is if the lesson has not been taught to him and served cold. No one cheats nature.
        The natural law of justices is clear.

        • arewethishopeless

          Save your threats for gullibles like yourself. Have you considered if nature is right now serving you and your like what you truly deserve and better still nature will take its full pound of flesh from you and your likes very soon.

          I will not encourage you to stop … carry go … una matter don reach nature’s bailiff …

      • Spoken word

        I tire o.

      • okenwa

        Clap for yourself.

      • abodes_124

        thanks Lai

  • omobabalemomu

    The target of govt is actually Mary Odili. When the acting CJN ends his tenure, we would appoint a junior Judge of supreme court as substantive CJN and flush out all other corrupt supreme justices especially Mary Odili.

  • So oju abe niko

    Below was a note I wrote on 4 months ago before the acting CJN started his tenure and it is still very relevant today. Buhari cannot forgo Onnoghen in favour of Ibrahim Tanko, which apparently has been his plan all along. That could be the beginning of the end of his presidency. If PMB absolutely does not want Onnoghen, then he has to pass over Ibrahim Tanko to pick Rhode-Vivour, the next Southern Justice in line. To do that, when the acting tenure of Onnoghen lapses, he can appoint Ibrahim Tanko in acting capacity and let him serve for 3 months until the tenure expires. He can then pick Rhode-Vivour and forward his name to the Senate. However, it is better that he sticks with Onnoghen, given that PMB himself has many other personalities with stench of corruption around him.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Even “Saint” Buhari will not dare pass over Justice Onnoghen for the next-in-line, the northern Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed. He will definitely not survive it. Since Justice Ayo Irikefe retired in 1987, and IBB installed Mohammed Bello, it has been an unbroken chain of 8 Norhernern CJN for 29 years. They are generally less experienced and possibly less competent than most of their southern counterparts on the bench. All but two of the last 8 northern CJN were appointed over more senior southern jurists who have previously been their mentors. However, they get the post because they are appointed to supreme court at relatively younger age and are able to logged time in the Supreme Court until they become the most senior in line to be the CJN. Southern Supreme Court Justices on the other hand get to the mandatory retirement age before their turn to be CJN.

  • FreeNigeria

    Buhari can’t appoint CJ from the grave. Buhari don die!!!

    • emmanuel

      If he don die, make he just go, but we will not accept any funny move from a foolani man.

    • abodes_124

      yes but the cabal lives!

  • Man_Enough

    I am an ardent supporter of buhari, but if he fails to send this man’s name I will rethink my support and I will not vote for him or his candidate in the future.

    • DanBlocker

      @Man_Enough:disqus

      President Buhari has
      clearly and intentionally refused to appoint a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria
      and has brazenly refused to give any good reason so far for his nonsense conduct,
      as if Nigeria belongs to him and to his primitive and murderous Fulani kinsmen,
      to run the country anyhow like personal fiefdom, without sense or rules.

      Buhari of course can’t be expected to say it in public that he considers
      the post of Chief Justice of Nigeria as the birth right of his own northern
      kinsmen. That is why he’s kept quiet in his pursuit of evil. He appointed the
      most senior Justice of the Supreme Court (Walter Onoghen) but only as
      an Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, simply because Walter Onoghen is a
      Christian and a southerner.

      • B.Junior

        IF JUSTICE ONOGHEN IS AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, WHO IS HE ACTING FOR? THAT’s THE ISSUE.

        PRESIDENT BUHARI MUST QUICKLY COME CLEAN AND ANSWER THIS QUESTION ON TELEVISION.

    • abodes_124

      Well start rethinking. Buhari is not known for changing his mind. His intentions are obvious and that is what he will do. Your loss of support will still millions of teeming supporters who will continue to support him however badly he shafts them or their kith and kin.

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  • emmanuel

    Why would anyone pray for Buhari with his satanic Presidency style? He does not belong to this generation, the man should just go.
    What do we need him for, to give us pains, agony and anguish? Nigerians have not seen electricity for five weeks running, yet his religious and ethnic agenda are the only emegencies in his brain. Tell me why those who sabotage Oil and Gas should support his dual agenda?

  • Boss Kay

    Buhari is the Most parochial, nepotistic, religious bigot ever in the history of Nigerian presidents

    • J.Jaycee

      @Bosskay:disqus

      But Nigerians themselves seem to prefer to be flogged and ruled by the standards of illiterates.
      That’s why the exceptional journalism in Nigeria has not had the same impact as in other lands
      where their people prefer to be ruled by reason alone, and will use information published to judge
      if they are truly being ruled in accordance with reason.

      Nigerians have no sense of dignity that anyone, and that means any
      illiterate in power can respect. If these people of Nigeria had self-pride they would never vote
      for anyone possessed of less than average educational standard in the world to rule them.

      For so long as university graduates in Nigeria and motor-park touts look alike in thoughts,
      there is no hope or comfort for the benighted country. Muhamadu Buhari is their desired
      standard and it will take a miracle to wean the morons of Nigeria from their delusion,
      even as they rot and smell on the streets from the worst form of avoidable poverty
      that Buhari inflicted on them all – with reprieve only for those who can steal and rob.

      • Michael

        PMB was not necessarily the right standard but GEJ was of even lower standard. So it’s either we sat at home but people cannot be critiscised simply for voting for him. He offered a better message than the alcoholic and incompetent Johnathan who claimed to have a PhD which surprise surprise was never found to exist. The more important question is why people voted for GEJ in the first place.

        • Shorty & Sharpy

          @disqus_6rTcSKj62Z:disqus ,

          I expect Buhari’s aides and advisers will be limbering up for mass resignation if Buhari carries out
          his suspected Islamization program at the Supreme Court of Nigeria to override legal convention
          and bring a junior judge who is a Muslim to sit as the boss of the merited Christian nominated by
          the Judicial Council.

          I expect Professor Itse Sagay will not need any prodding at that stage that he’s been wasting his
          time trying to advise an Islamist statue; but one ironically with a mind inflexibly bent on pogrom,
          as happened to the over 300 Shiites summarily killed in Kaduna under Muhamadu Buhari’s
          deadly overall command; and buried in mass graves, with no questions asked.

          • abodes_124

            Professor Itse Sagay is a performing puppet. He will dance and move to the tune of his master. he knows no shame.

  • marcos avelino

    Having an Ibo man as chief judge of supreme court is like having ones house guarded by an armed robber. Ibs are the curse of humanity – its i thier genes very terrible people. Go to huton and see nearly half of the ibs there are into dubious activities. In nieria they trade in the day and rob by night. A statistics of all big crimes in nigeria shows they account for over 75 percent – the curse of humanity. In the History text book by Elizabeth Isichei the costal niger delta tribes used refer to Ibos as wawa – meaning the wicked ones !!

    • emmanuel

      scum. I am sure you are from a tribe of slaves

      • Logicopropos

        How to confirm Justice Onnoghen as Chief Justice….

        The presidential aides reported here miss the crux of the issue by miles. Laolu Akande could not be reached but Femi Adesina who was reached offered alibi rather than reason. He said he cannot
        comment on this matter because President Muhamadu Buhari is on vacation in England.

        A Legal Practitioner interviewed here; Jiti Ogunye, took off on a tangent to impliedly say
        notwithstanding any stricture in the Constitution the National Judicial Council can insist
        (as an advisory body?) that Justice Onnoghen must be confirmed as the
        Chief Justice of Nigeria.

        None of those views reported here in this news-story takes due account of the actual facts.

        The crucial fact omitted by all persons interviewed here is that there is an Acting President
        – YEMI OSINBAJO – with the full powers of a president under the Constitution, including a right
        to send the name of Justice Onoghen to the Senate for confirmation. Yemi Osinbajo actually
        has the duty and has no option but to send the name because Muhamadu Buhari will not
        resume work until the last day of the deadline for confirmation of Justice Onoghen;
        which is the 10th of February.

        • Alkaliimaam

          Those whom BUHARI prefers to confirm in office: CENTRAL BANK audit result

          • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
          • ₦160billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido at the Central Bank for self-determined spending.
          • ₦1.12billion was taken as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police guards
          in one year.
          • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
          for charter service.
          • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido.
          • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
          expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
          • ₦20billion was entered as paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons
          unknown.
          • ₦3.086billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido and written off as expense ostensibly to promote
          Central Bank image.

        • Bode Junior

          IF JUSTICE ONOGHEN IS AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, WHO IS HE ACTING FOR?

          BUHARI MUST QUICKLY COME CLEAN AND ANSWER THIS QUESTION ON TELEVISION.

    • Lala Hansy

      In as much as I don’t like arguing on ethnic issues, if your conscience is settled for this hatred you’ve shown on a group of fellow Nigerian’s right, you are justified forever!!!!!!! but if NO…Your years on earth will remain rocky!!!!!!!. This word is permanent!!!!!!! unless you retract it!!!!!!!…go mark it!!!!!!!!

    • abodes_124

      Here we goooo. Here comes Lai’s employee to muddy waters with ethnic bric a bats and divert the line of the discourse.

  • AK-47 Carrier

    @marcosavelino:disqus

    Word of advice for Taliban BUHARI

    Justice Onnoghen shall thereafter remain the (substantive) Chief Justice
    until December 2020 because convention and practice of the Supreme Court
    order of succession is law. Should President Buhari attempt to disorganize the
    Supreme Court’s order of succession, and thereby violate the law, so as to
    pitchfork a junior, norther Muslim to take office as Chief Justice in pursuit of
    his regime’s Islamization policy of government institutions, so as to complete
    complete the current mess of having northern Muslims head the executive,
    the legislature and the judiciary, the next reaction from southern Nigeria will
    shake the foundations of an already wobbly country made worse by Buhari’s
    knowledge deficit and administrative incompetence.

    • abodes_124

      The pity is that the next in line to Justice Onnoghen maybe very good CJN material but if Buhari in his foolishness manoeuvres him into place he will not command the respect of the bench and the bar. He will be the lamest of lame duck CJNs and if he were a man of honour he should decline.

  • Nat Olisa

    @Bosskay:disqus

    Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, popularly known as Justice Walter Onoghen was born in
    December 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State.
    He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (JSC) since 2005.
    By right, as the most senior judge, and after his recommendation by the
    Judicial Council, President Buhari is under a mandatory duty to send
    the name of Justice Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as
    the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

    • Aro. Ilesanmi

      BUHARI REGIME MAKES NIGERIA LOOK LIKE A BRIEF AND TEMPORARY COUNTRY
      NOW UNDER AN ACTING PRESIDENT, AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT,
      AND THEN; A SENATE PRESIDENT ON TRIAL FOR UNCOUNTABLE CRIMINAL OFFENCES.

  • ?????????

    EDITOR SIR,

    I no know book O. I just dey ask. Will this person you are talking about, this Judge Walter Onoghen,

    get fast confirmation if he says in the newspaper tomorrow that he has changed to become real Muslim,

    and will never in his life go near any church or cathedral or even synagogue? Will Buhari now approve him?

    • Excelsior2000

      @marcosavelino:disqus

      How Buhari’s Islamism under-develops Nigeria

      Look, you people. Thank God for Premium Times. President Buhari would have succeeded in this coup d’etat. Nobody in the presidency mentioned Justice Walter Onnoghen’s confirmation letter since last year. That shows
      the conspiracy of silence!

      This is an evil plot, not a mistake, not that President Buhari forgot that there is no
      Chief Justice of Nigeria. President Buhari made this evil plan to let time run against Justice Onoghen
      who will then be disqualified forever, from 10th February, from being presented to the Senate,
      as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

      Till now Acting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo never said Buhari left word behind that Justice Onnoghen’s
      confirmation letter should be forwarded to the Senate. Acting President Osinbajo does not even say he’s
      been in touch with Buhari since he left Nigeria. Acting President Osinbajo is now in a dilemma.

      • Excelsior2000

        (2)…………….How Buhari’s Islamism under-develops Nigeria

        If Justice Walter Onnoghen ends up barred for life,
        Buhari will blame Yemi Osinbajo for lacking initiative. If Yemi Osinbajo sends
        the confirmation letter, without having any access to speak to Buhari, he will
        still be blamed for running ‘a parallel government’. Can you see how Buhari’s
        Islamism under-develops Nigeria?

        That is how evilly Islamist Buhari’s primitive
        and uneducated mind works. Buhari just slipped out of the country and said he will return
        on exactly the day Justice Onnoghen will be barred forever, but the clever by half cattle herder
        of Daura did not say if his flight will arrive at 11.00pm when the Senate shall have closed its session.
        To make his plan perfect according to his own crudity, Buhari then made himself incommunicado –
        nobody can reach him until the 10th of February. Is that a holiday or coup d’etat against the judiciary?

        • B.Junior

          IF JUSTICE ONOGHEN IS AN ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, WHO IS HE ACTING FOR?

          BUHARI MUST QUICKLY COME CLEAN AND ANSWER THIS QUESTION ON TELEVISION.

      • abodes_124

        Acting President Osibanjo has been told to be acting in the theatrical sense and not to touch any practical matter. He looks more like a mouse than a tiger to me.

  • Jedi

    The Hon. Chief Justice Onnoghen should consider changing his name to ‘Abdurahman or Suleiman’ or run to Kano to collect certificate as his new state of origin. Government of fulani herdmen by fulani herdsmen and for fulani herdmen!

    • Say the truth

      Don’t kill people with laughter oooo.

  • Keen Observer

    @disqus_uCH5qk0d79:disqus EXACTLY that was exactly my taught before I read your comment.
    If we’re to divinely x-ray Mr Buhari’s mind the delay is most likely due to Hon Onnoghen’s place of origin. Look at Magu (EFCC’s boss) case, despite the controversies trailing his appointment as human rights violator & corrupt individual, even the senate rejection to confirm him as EFCC boss. Buhari still have confidence in him because Magu is from his Fulani lineage (wasters of human lives & upholder of cow’s lives).

  • pheliciti

    The judiciary delays cases all the time….perhaps let the Acting CJ too feel the consequences of delay, its just poetic justice

    • abodes_124

      Clever boy. Good classical Nigerian thinking

  • Chris Eguaibor

    There is no justification for not confirming the acting CJN. The president must avoid being seen as favouring only those he shares pecuniary interests or natal affiliations with.

    • Hercules2017

      @chriseguaibor:disqus : Did Buhari use juju to make Nigerians into complete idiots or what? How come Buhari does
      terrible things and Nigerians are just looking like goats? Buhari almost doubled price of petrol Nigerians were
      looking. Buhari doubled the cost of Nepa bill. Nigerians were just looking. Buhari destroyed savings and
      investments with 70% devaluation of Naira. Nigerians were looking like goats. Buhari ordered the mass
      murder of over 300 Shiites in Kaduna state. No complaint from mumu Nigerians. Buhari messed up
      electricity supply to produce zero megawatts for weeks on end. Nigerians look on like billy-goats.

      • Lulu Okisoke

        @pheliciti:disqus

        Muhamadu Buhari should be called to order right now
        before he sets Nigeria on fire with his crass nepotism and brazen tribalism.
        There was no reason for appointing Justice Onoghen as Acting Chief Justice
        of the Supreme Court in the first instance. Justice Onoghen is the most senior
        judge on the bench.

        Almost by rights he should have been confirmed Chief
        Justice once the National Judicial Council of jurists certified him as
        competent, reasonable and sensible.

        What else
        does President Buhari need, apart from irrelevant Islamic credentials and
        northern ‘citizenship’? President Buhari is setting a dangerous precedent. It
        is a tragedy there are no elders any longer in the land but a slew ragged and
        jagged buffoons self-described as ‘statesmen’ who fiddle as Nigeria burns.

      • abodes_124

        yes indeed he has literally gotten away with murder. Mass murder for that matter and both internally and externally there has been barely a murmur of concern. He has been thus emboldened and the appointment of his nearest relation in blood or religion as CJN would be considered child’s play by him.

    • abodes_124

      Can a leopard change its spots?

  • Say the truth

    The appointment was never meant to be. It was just to fulfill all righteousness. It will be anti establishment to do otherwise. Buhari’s Nigeria is meant for his northern people that gave him 95% votes and he has never hidden his desire to favour them. The man should just accept his faith and spend the remaining two weeks as acting chief because the oligarchy don’t even give a damn what anybody thinks. Welcome to new Nigeria APC chain.

    • Repost by Popular Demand

      @chriseguaibor:disqus

      “The crucial fact omitted by all the persons interviewed here is
      that there is an Acting President – YEMI OSINBAJO – with the full powers of a
      president under the Constitution, including a right to send the name of Justice
      Onoghen to the Senate for confirmation. Yemi Osinbajo actually has no option
      because Muhamadu Buhari will not resume work until the last day of the deadline
      for confirmation of Justice Onoghen, which is the 10th of February.”

      …………………….Logicopropos

      • abodes_124

        Unnfortunately this is Nigeria and the northern cabal holds power yet again. As with Jonathan so it is now with Osibanjo. It is either he has been told his limits or he is too timorous to find out.

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    • J.Jaycee

      @chriseguaibor:disqus ,

      As long as university graduates in Nigeria and motor-park touts look alike in thoughts,
      there is no hope or comfort for the benighted country. Muhamadu Buhari is their desired
      standard and so it will take a miracle to wean the morons of Nigeria from their delusion,
      even as they now rot and smell on the streets from the worst form of avoidable poverty
      which Buhari inflicted on them all – with reprieve only for those who can steal and rob.

    • CCTV

      Premium Times Editor,

      Please help us remind President Donald Trump to give due consideration to the mad Muslims in Nigeria
      in deciding how to allocate the munitions to be deployed in “bombing the hell out of Islamist terrorists”
      as he promised to do. We are glad that President Trump has picked General ‘Mad Dog’ as the best
      person for this job. The mass killing of mad Muslims is and should be the priority of global agenda.

      We have a lot of mad Muslims in Nigeria. Nigeria should not be left out of President Trump’s
      brilliant plan to “bomb the hell out of mad Muslims” all around the world. We wish to advise
      that mad Muslims are not only those in Boko Haram beheading infants and children; no,
      there are far worse mad Muslims in flowing robes and holding public office without sense,
      and without any care for fair dealings – who desire to turn Nigeria into Islamic state.

      • princegab

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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Acting chief justice of Nigeria, chief justice Onnoghen,has been there in acting capacity for three months without any positive impact even against prevalent serious challenges of corruption virus that has destroyed the image of the NJC judges and justices, up to the supreme court justices, who have been caught engaging in bribery-for-justice-deals that involved billions of dollars and naira. Nigeria, requires a more focus active chief justice,not just a chief justice, that will be playing along with the status-que.

    • emmanuel

      Animal cattle rearer. If you know anything about the Judiciary, you would understand that the reform he has carried out so far has already put all judges on their toes. Promotion comes with online update records of dispensed cases etc. That way, when one is due for promotion, NJC data base is opened to do assessments.
      You are a foolani demon, with the brain of a cow
      Your foolani arrogance was what destroyed you people in Rwanda, Burundi and CAR. It may not be for too long here .

  • Remi

    It would be very interesting, nay instructive, to know the ethnicity,
    state of origin and religion of the next two most senior Judges on the Supreme
    Court bench after Acting Chief Judge Walter Onnoghen. That may possibly explain
    the President’s curious inaction on this matter.

    • princegab

      Good observation, secret agenda for 2019 are on board. APC will rig their way but hos forbid bloody 2019.

    • Law Records

      @oluremiolu:disqus

      The next two Judges,

      in the lower order of seniority, are Justice Ibrahim Muhammad and Justice Suleiman Galadima.

      The former was born on December 31, 1953 at Doguwa-Giade, Giade local government area of

      Bauchi State and was appointed to the Supreme Court bench on January 7, 2007. The latter was

      born on October in 1946 in Nasarawa State. He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2010.

      • Remi

        Law Record

        Hmm, yes, I see. It is very simple. For reasons, so obvious
        as not to warrant mention, they do not want a Walter Onnoghen there – he just
        does not fit the bill. Assuming they could do so, it would have been too
        obvious, were they to suddenly retire him when it was his turn to assume the
        post, as they did while appointing the Inspector General of Police, so the best
        thing to do is to technically scheme him out of the appointment. Hence, the dubious
        resort to the “acting” appointment ruse – even when the NJC actually offered
        Walter Onnoghen the position, in substantive capacity. Well before the shenanigan of his “appointment”,
        in acting capacity, they knew fully well that they were not going to send his
        name to the Senate for confirmation, and thus, allow his acting appointment to
        lapse. Ultimately, their intention is to frustrate him out of service, by
        promoting his subordinate brother judges over and above him.

        What they are doing is sinister scheming – through elimination
        by inaction – to put the third arm of government in the hands of another northerner.

        Very many thanks for this information and for the
        facilitation of this insight.

        Regards

    • abodes_124

      Could be . But it may just be that he lacks the motivation and/or capacity and needs about 6 months that accomplish a days job.

  • Ahmad

    Mr. President promised us to fight against corruption but now his the one encouraging corruption.

  • abodes_124

    We have an acting President. Can he do the needful or has been given responsibility but no power. It is the Yaradua scenario all again.. The cabal remain in charge and call the shots. the pile of things awaiting GMB action mounts per day. they say he will not action and will not anyone else action. He believes that things can run themselves without anyone formulating or taking action.

    • emmanuel

      That is called Government on auto-pilot. Except for the looting going on in an unimaginable dimension; like never before.

  • Bayo_Bamiduro

    The issue of the appointment of the next CJN could only be a further evidence of the president’s ethno-religious bigotry. His kitchen cabinet is entirely core North, the heads of securit apparatus is 95 percent core North, the heads of the 3 arms of the judiciary would be 100 percent core North. The VP is a ceremonial leader with less power than that of a minister of state. Then, what are we talking about. The SW made PMB. We have been proved wrong in our judgement, what a pity. PMB seems caring only for the core North to the exclusion of all others, GEJ ruled to the exclusion of the SW, but Obj ruled catering for himself and for all others except the Yoruba whom he persecuted. What hope Nigeria!