Mike Ozekhome, a senior lawyer, has reacted to the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria, by President Muhammadu Buhari, following a court order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Ozekhome urged Nigerian judges and lawyers to down tools as was done when former Pakistani President Perves Musharraf removed the country’s chief justice in 2007.
“This recent act is a big scandalous shame on the Buhari government, assuming it still knows anything called shame.
“It has tainted it with the paintbrush of odium, obloquy and international derision,” Ozekhome said.
Condemnation has trailed the decision of the president from legal practitioners, politicians and civil society.
It remains unclear what will happen next even as crucial general elections are now only weeks away.
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