By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress APC has reacted to the resignation of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN Walter Onnoghen, saying although the wheel of justice might grind slowly, it would surely catch up with those who err.
The party specifically dismissed insinuations that the fight against corruption was selective, saying not all armed robbers can be apprehended in one day.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu disclosed this Friday in Abuja while reacting to the development.
“We all can only be hiding behind one finger, otherwise we knew Nigerians, reasonable Nigerians knew from the word ‘cooked’ that those allegations were not cooked up and if they were real, the next thing for the CJN to have done was to have stepped aside and the question of, he wouldn’t be the only one, why him? There is no where in the world where judgment is passed on every sinner at once. It is not every armed robber you can catch the same day. And even some you know, the slow wheel of justice may not catch up with them immediately but we must continue to see evidence that we are moving towards that sanity, that we are making progressive efforts and sending strong signals to people who think this country must continue as long as they are comfortable and the rest of Nigerians are suffering. We must send that signal to them. It is not going to be business as usual”, he declared.
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He accused the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and a section of the civil society of trying to armtwist the Muhammadu Buhari administration in its bid to stamp out corruption from the nation’s judiciary.
He said; “The issue we have in this country is that many people, especially those who have been part of the impunity of the past are struggling badly to adjust to the reality of the rule of law. That is the major issue we are facing in this country. There is so much struggle to allow the past that is not good enough for us as a country to allow it go and for all of us to rise and face the future, future of promise, future of change, so that we can move to the ‘Next Level’.
“When this happened, as usual, especially the PDP and some of their allies, the Civil Societies, not the entire community of civil societies but some of the allies of PDP, including PDP, everything they read were within the barometers of politics and we do know that until we all rise above sentiments, no matter what part of the divide you find yourself and we see first and foremost this as an issue that has to do with our country. That is the only way we can progress.
We knew right from the beginning that what the immediate past CJN (that is if his resignation letter is accepted)… the allegations were too serious and we know that the President does not act on frivolities, he must have done his background checks, he must have gotten good information to have taken the action he took and not just taking that action, that there was basis for the action that can be legally proven and those lawyers, so-called Senior Advocates of Nigeria who had over the years dipped their hands along with some of these judicial officers, in defiance of this country, continued to lampoon the President, lampoon the APC and blaming this government that is doing its best to right several of the wrongs that we have been used to.
We were actually the one trying to kill democracy and this party rose in the defense of the President because we understand that the President, we know he means well, he knows the real purpose that drives his actions. Now, events have proven the President right. Events have proven the party, APC right. Events have proven those Nigerians who believe Nigeria first and any other things after – events have proven them right.
Now, you have seen the head of National Assembly, the Senate President, you have seen him in the dock. Now, you have seen the CJN in the dock. So, one day, we will see a President that will also misbehave in the dock which now shows that nobody is above the law of this country that we are all equal before the law. So, anybody who finds himself in any position, should now begin to look closely at his own actions knowing full well that today may protect him, but tomorrow may expose him”, he added.