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Femi Fani-Kayode: The CJN Onnoghen conundrum – who has bewitched Nigeria

Femi Fani-Kayode: The CJN Onnoghen conundrum - who has bewitched Nigeria

Allow me to start this contribution with a couple of comparisons. Contemplate the next.

Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was elected President of Ghana in 2016.

His father Edward Akuffo-Addo, was one among Ghana’s “big six” nationalists and elderstatesmen who led and fought for Ghana’s independence from the British in 1957. He was a former Chief Justice of Ghana and a former ceremonial President of Ghana. He devoted his life to the liberation and repair of Ghana.

Once more contemplate this. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta was elected President of Kenya in 2013 and once more in 2017.

His father, Jomo Kenyatta, was the a lot beloved and reverred first President of Kenya and chief of Kenya’s well-known “Mau Mau” motion. He led an armed wrestle towards the British colonial masters and fought for and gained Kenya’s independence from colonial rule in 1963.

Lastly contemplate this. Mr. Felix Thishiekedi- has simply been elected President of the Congo DRC.

His father, Etienne Thishiekedi, was former Prime Minister of the Congo and some of the brave, revered and formidable opposition leaders in Congo’s colonial and submit-colonial historical past. He fought gallantly towards French and Belgian colonial rule and later the brutal and corrupt dictatorship of the neo-colonial stooge and brutal dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko. He devoted his life to the liberation and repair of the Congo.

Nana Akuffo Addo and Uhuru Kenyatta are doing very nicely as President of their respective nations. They each preside over the affairs of countries the place the rule of regulation is revered, establishments work, human rights are revered and, most significantly, the place there’s a wholesome respect for the precept of separation of powers between the Government, the Legislature and the Judiciary.

I’ve little question that Felix Thishiekedi will do equally properly for the Congo and, over a time period, set up the identical ethos of democratic values and good governance within the Congo.

Sadly in Nigeria the story could be very totally different. Think about the next. Common Muhammadu Buhari, as he then was, led a mutiny towards his Commander-in-Chief and toppled a democratically-elected authorities which was led by President Shehu Shagari, a type of that fought for Nigeria’s independence, a former Minister of Schooling within the First Republic, an incredible nationalialst, a humble and delicate patriot and a a lot-beloved elder statesman in 1983.

Buhari put Nigeria beneath his merciless yoke and bondage and was army Head of State for 2 gruelling and evil years, until 1985 when he himself was toppled in one other army coup d’etat by his personal Chief of Military Employees, Basic Ibrahim Babangida. He was elected President of Nigeria in 2015 and he’s looking for a second mandate subsequent month.

His father, Hardo Adamu, was a nomadic duck-vendor from Niger Republic and later a “dogari” (bodyguard) within the Emir of Daura’s palace.

Aside from that we all know little about Buhari’s background, heritage, lineage and upbringing. What we do know nevertheless is that his tyrannical and abysmal report as President speaks for itself.

It has been an eloquent testimony to carnage, nepotism, misoginy, corruption, bigotry, strife, sectarianism, division, wickedness, evil, incompetence and the abuse of energy.

If anybody has any doubts about this they need to ponder on the next.

Prince Deji Adeyanju, a number one voice of the opposition and a properly-recognized human rights activist, is in custody and is being framed with homicide.

Senator Dino Melaye, a number one member of the opposition PDP and a Senator of the Federal Republic, is in custody and is being framed with tried homicide.

Dr. Doyin Okupe, a number one opposition determine and a former spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan is in custody and is being framed with corruption.

Colonel Sambo Dasuki, a number one opppsition determine and the previous Nationwide Safety Advisor to President Goodluck Jonathan, is in custody and is being framed with corruption.

Sheik Ibrahim El Zak Zaky, a number one oppositiion determine and the chief of Nigeria’s Shiite Muslim group, is in custody and is being framed with homicide.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a number one opposition determine and the chief of IPOB, is pushed into self-imposed exile and is being framed with treason.

Is that this the best way to silence all dissenting voices and the opposition? Is that the best way to run a democracy?

What about Air Chief Marshall Badeh one other main opposition determine who was President Goodluck Jonathan’s Chief of Defence Employees, who was murdered in probably the most suspicious and mysterious circumstances and whose Air Pressure safety males both refused or did not defend and shield him through the assault?

Many consider that the state had a hand in his assasination and that is fairly believable given the circumstances of his homicide and the truth that many issues simply don’t add up.

One is constrained to ask: is that the best way to cope with the opposition in any civilised society?

The newest atrocity is that the Federal Authorities has directed the Chief Justice of the Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen GCON, to vacate his workplace instantly.

They’ve additionally declared their intention to arraign him on the Code of Conduct Tribunal on what I’ve little question might be spurious, bogus and baseless legal expenses on monday.

Worse nonetheless, one Dennis Aghanya, the writer of the petition towards Onnoghen was Buhari’s former Media Aide and the previous Nationwide Publicity Secretary of Buhari’s former political celebration the CPC.

He’s the Government Secretary of the group that wrote the petition towards the Chief Justice of Nigeria!

All this in a brazen try and intimidate and management the Judiciary earlier than the February 16th presidential election. We at the moment are formally Africa’s largest and most hopeless basket case and a Banana Republic the place one man can thwart the desire of just about 200 million individuals.

But the reality is that if the authorized career had spoken with one voice, particularly the NBA and NJC management, in October 2016 after the DSS’s unlawful invasion of Judges houses and trials, like yours really did, we might not have gotten to this stage.

When brokers of the state went after brave, unbiased-minded, upright and forthright Judges like Justice Niyi Ademola, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta and so many others and sought to destroy their lives and careers with unproven and baseless felony costs just because they refused to bend to their will and be manipulated by them, few of their colleagues on the Bench or members of the Bar expressed outrage. Clearly the chickens at the moment are coming residence to roost and, outdoors of these which were intimidated or compromised, none of them are protected.

On this context the phrases of Mr. Dele Okenla, a authorized practitioner, are incisive and insighful. He stated,

“First they came for Justice Adeniyi Ademola, because he dared to give order that Dasuki Sambo their arch-enemy be given bail. Then they came for Paul Usoro (SAN) the NBA President because he seems to be closer to PDP than to APC. Now they have come for the jugular, the Chief Justice of Nigeria himself, the head of a parallel, separate and independent arm of government. These people have no conscience, no inhibitions and no limits. The Judiciary is the last hope of the common man and when they have finished with us, they will surely come for you. As sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, they will come for you the common man. It is just a matter of time”.

That’s the bitter fact but sadly few are listening.

Even the normal media has been completely intimidated and has misplaced the braveness to face agency, converse out and even publish the articles and feedback of these which are ready to rattling the results and converse the bitter fact to energy. The tv networks are even worse.

In view of the state of affairs that we’ve discovered ourselves in I urge my compatriots to ponder on the next lengthy and exhausting.

Now that CJN Onnoghen has been ordered to step down please take notice that in Nigeria at this time the the Presidency, the Federal Authorities, the Nationwide Meeting, the Judiciary, Safety Businesses, Army, Intelligence Businesses, INEC and even the main opposition get together are all within the arms of northern Muslims. The implications are startling and apparent and the results shall be dire.

Provided that, I counsel the CJN to disregard this monstrous, self-serving, illegal and unconstitutional directive and refuse to vacate his workplace.

I additionally urge him to not submit himself to the jurisdiction of any felony courtroom or the Code of Conduct Tribunal with out correct reference to and a suggestion for prosecution from the Nationwide Judicial Council.

Something in need of that shall be a capitulation to tyranny, injustice, lawlessness, anarchy and servitude and it might end in harmful and much-reaching penalties for the unity of our nation.

Each southern chief value his or her salt, no matter social gathering affiliation, should ponder on this matter. It’s both Nigeria belongs to us all or let there be no Nigeria.

It’s both we now have an actual democracy with a transparent delination and separation of powers between the Government, the Legislature and the Judiciary or let the entire system and nation go to blazes.

We aren’t occupied with being slaves and we refuse to simply accept the yoke and bondage of dictatorship.

Chief E.Okay. Clark, one of the reverred and revered voices of the south and an elderstatesman of our nation, spoke our collective minds very nicely when he stated,

“They just want to harass him (Onnoghen) and molest him simply because they want somebody that will be pliable after they have rigged the elections, to appoint tribunal chairmen and members for them to consolidate their rigging. That is all what they are looking for. But I want to warn that this country belongs to all of us. If some people think that they own this country, let them have it and others will have their own country. You cannot treat some people as if they are slaves or second-class citizens in this country. We will never allow it! Not at this time! he harassment is becoming too much!”

Allow us to hope that these which are hell bent on holding on to energy in any respect prices and enslaving and subjugating our individuals are listening. For their very own sake I hope that that they chorus from treading the damaging path that they’ve chosen to take earlier than it’s too late as a result of I see darkish and thunderous clouds mendacity forward.

Sadly I additionally see what Prophet T.B. Joshua has described as a “stop-over” and “an interruption in our democratic process” unfolding if we aren’t cautious and if we permit this anarchy, chaos, lawlessness and impunity to prevail. As he rightly stated, we should pray arduous to stop such a calamity from befalling us.

When one compares Nigeria’s fortunes during the last three years and 6 months with that of Ghana, Kenya and now the Congo DRC one is constrained to ask the next questions.

What occurred to us? How did we get to the place we’re? How did a person like Buhari turn out to be President of the most important, most educated, most revered and strongest nation in black Africa? Is our drawback religious or is it self-inflicted?

Who took us to the darkish forest and unleashed this plague of bloodtirsty demons and devouring locusts upon us? Who introduced our nation to her knees and turned her from being the enormous of Africa to the dwarf of the continenent? Who has bewitched Nigeria?

Can somebody please ask Prophet TB Joshua, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Bishop David Abioye, Pastor David Ibiyeomie, Pastor Paul Enenche, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Pastor El Buba, Pastor John Kennedy, Apostle Johnson Suleman, Dr. B.O. Ezekiel and all the opposite nice males of God in our nation to reply these profound questions?

As they are saying, step one to fixing an issue is to determine its supply. Might God ship Nigeria.

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