WaffiTV:It has been an outrage in Nigeria in the last twenty four hours as a result of President Buhari’s suspension of Chief Justice Of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen , this unrest does not look to be diluted anytime soon as International bodies and the rest of the world are beginning to react.
The British High Commission in a statement released on Saturday 26 January 2019 said
We respect Nigeria’s sovereign authority and its right to adjudicate on constitutional provisions but as friends of the Nigerian people, we are compelled to observe that the timing of this action, so close to national elections, gives cause for concern,” the statement read
“It risks affecting both domestic and international perceptions on the credibility of the forthcoming elections. We, along with other members of the international community, are following developments closely.
“We encourage all actors to maintain calm and address the concerns raised by this development through due process, demonstrating their commitment to respecting the constitution and the impartial administration of the rule of law.
“We further urge them to take steps to ensure that elections take place in an environment conducive to a free, fair and peaceful process.”
The European Union has expressed concern over the process and timing of the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The European Union Election Observation Mission, EU EOM, on Nigeria’s 2019 general elections stated this in a statement on Saturday.
The statement was signed by its Press and Public Outreach Officer, Sarah Fradgley, where it said the suspension raises the question of whether due process was followed.
In a statement it released on the matter, the US faulted the CJN removal without the support of the legislative arm.
It said, “The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections.
“We note widespread Nigerian criticism that this decision is unconstitutional and that it undermines the independence of the judicial branch.
“That undercuts the stated determination of government, candidates, and political party leaders to ensure that the elections proceed in a way that is free, fair, transparent, and peaceful – leading to a credible result.