COLONEL Abubakar Dangiwa (rtd), former Military Governor of Kaduna State, has urged the Nigerian Senate not to confirm any nominee other than Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
Umar stated this in a statement on February, Thursday 2, entitled “Appointment of a Substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria” amid anxiety over the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to forward the name of Justice Onnoghen, who has been acting CJN to the Senate for confirmation.
The former governor said: “In a few days, the tenure of Acting appointment of Justice Onnoghen will expire. Going by our extant Constitution, the Acting CJN will be disqualified from appointment as the substantive CJN unless the NJC resubmits his nomination to the President.”
According to him, “Without providing any cogent and plausible or believable reason for its failure to forward the name of Justice Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation, the Presidency leaves Nigerians guessing and speculating about the reasons.
He pointed out that already, many analysts view this action as a ploy to deny a Southerner his right to succession based on his seniority in keeping with the appointment protocol observed by the NJC in making the appointment.
He said: “In the event of this occurrence, the NJC must not forward any other name nor should the Senate confirm any other nominee.
“This will serve to check the excesses of this administration and reinforce the unity of the nation which has already been pushed to the precipice by the recruitment and appointment policies of a government which tends to favour the north in violation of the Federal Character provision of the Constitution.”
— Feb 13, 2017 @ 01:00 GMT