South-South Governors Forum has condemned the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), by President Muhammadu Buhari and described it as a sad event for democracy in the country and for the stability of the nation and its critical institutions.
The governors stated this through their chairman, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, on Saturday in a statement the governor’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, made available to newsmen.
He added that, the removal of Onnoghen was a clear indication that the nation’s democracy was under serious stress and test.
“Talking about the unfortunate development, having read the details about it, and if the report that we are reading about it are anything to go by, then it is a very sad commentary on our nation’s democracy
“It is a very sad day, for our nation’s democracy and for the stability of our nation, and the stability of the critical national institution of which the judiciary is primus inter pares.
“We must be concerned about the process, the integrity of the national critical institutions that will safeguard and reinforce our democracy, seeing our democracy has come under very severe stress and test by what has happened today,” he said.
Dickson said that the South-South governors found the action condemnable, adding that courts would make declaration on the legality or otherwise of the development.
The South-South Governor’s Forum chairman went further to caution that there is certain need for due process and adherence to constitutional provisions in Nigeria.
He emphasised that countries are governed according to laws and mutual respect among the political class.
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