The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA from Tuesday, January 29 has directed its members to boycott courts proceedings in protest of the fashion in which the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghenwas was suspended by the President Buhari.
NBA in a circular directed that its members should stay away from all courts for two days (between 29 – 30 January 2019).
The decision was taken after the NBA’s National Executive Committee, NEC, met on Monday. The association joins a long list of groups – home and abroad that have criticized the manner in which President Buhari replaced ex Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, AfricaNews reports,
“Yes, the Nigerian Bar Association rising from her NEC meeting has decided to embark on a two-day warning boycott of courts all over Nigeria from Tuesday, the 29th day of January, 2019 over the illegal suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Buhari,”A member of the NBA in a text message to THISDAY said.
Onnoghen was suspended last week Friday and immediately replaced him with Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, being the next most Senior Justice in the Supreme Court.
The suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghenwas has raised eyebrows in the political arena, Buhari’s opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, suspended campaigns as a sign of protest.
Internationally, the United States and the United Kingdom are also disappointed by Buhari’s action but the president fired back demanding that their allies desist from meddling in Nigeria’s internal affairs.
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