A Coalition of Civil Society in Nigeria, under the banner of Occupy Nigeria, have taken to the streets of Yenagoa, in Bayelsa State, to protest the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen, giving President Muhammadu Buhari 48 hours ultimatum to reinstate him or face more protest.
Speaking to newsmen after the peaceful demonstration at the popular Tombia Round-about, the convener, Hon. Tony Ile, said the action of the Buhari led administration has returned Nigeria to the dark days of anarchy.
The demonstrators numbering over 100 carrying placards with the inscription “Reinstate Onnoghen Now”, ” Democracy In Nigeria Is Dead” and “Buhari Should Be Impeached” said the government should be ready for more protest if it does not reverse its removal of Mr Onnoghen after the deadline.
Mr Onnoghen’s removal by President Muhammadu Buhari has sparked outrage across the country with many describing the removal of the country’s top judge as a violation of the Nigerian Constitution.
Explaining further, Ile, said they are not happy because the manner the CJN was removed does not portend well for the country especially now that the February 16 presidential election is by the conner.
“This unfortunate development has openly shown the utmost desperation and determination of Buhari to rig the forthcoming general elections across the country in favour of his party, the APC.
“Nigerians could recall how this President has on several occasions flouted and disobeyed a various court order. The question Nigerians are asking is, why would the President choose which court order to obey and which not to obey.
“For your information, there was already a Court of Appeal order restraining the CCT from continuing with the trial pending the determination of the suit before it. This, the President ignored and still went ahead to suspended the highly revered Chief Justice of Nigeria.”
The demonstrators also called on the NJC to without further delay sanction Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed for making himself available to what they described as “ungodly judicial coup.”