JUST IN: US reacts to suspension of CJN Onnoghen, reveals next line of Action
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JUST IN: US reacts to suspension of CJN Onnoghen, reveals next line of Action

Dumebi Ifeanyi

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The United States Embassy has reacted to the Suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Nkanu Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the US expressed “deep concerns” over the move.

“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.

We urge that the issues raised by this decision be resolved swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the Constitution of Nigeria. Such action is needed urgently now to ensure that this decision does not cast a pall over the electoral process”.

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Updated on February 8, 2019 at 11:56 am