Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has weighed in on the now viral declaration of asset case against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, and in his opinion, the Federal Government owes the nation’s judiciary an apology.
According to the lawmaker, the federal government to withdraw the charges against Justice Walter Onnoghen as the charges as extremely dangerous for the nation’s democracy.
During the wee hours of Monday, January 14, 2018, Ekweremadu through his social media account emphasized the need to eschew every form of intimidation against other arms of government, especially their leaderships, to enable them play its constitutional role in the overall interest of the nation.
The Senator noted that the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary remained intact despite obvious constraints.
In his words:
“I consider the charges against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, His Lordship, Justice Walter Onnoghen as ill advised and dangerous, especially after similar attempts at the leadership of the National Assembly failed.
“This is extremely dangerous for democracy and can only divide the country further as well as alienate us as country very low in upholding the rule of law and independence of the judiciary.
“I advice the Attorney General of the Federation to immediately withdraw the charges and apologise to the judiciary. We certainly can’t travel this road”.