Supreme Court Under Onnoghen Frustrated My Anti-Corruption War —Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari says the Supreme Court under the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, frustrated his anti-corruption war.

Buhari said this while delivering his speech at the swearing-in of Justice Ibrahim Muhammad as the acting CJN.

The President said, “It is no secret that this government is dissatisfied with the alarming rate in which the Supreme Court of Nigeria under the oversight of Justice Walter Onnoghen has serially set free, persons accused of the most dire acts of corruption, often on mere technicalities, and after quite a number of them have been convicted by the trial and appellate courts.

“Since there is nothing the executive arm can do after the apex court of the land has spoken on any matter, several of these individuals walk free among us today, enjoying what are clearly the proceeds of the corruption which for so long has defeated the efforts of this nation to develop and prosper.

“It is against this background that I have received the Order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal directing me to suspend the Chief Justice pending final determination of the cases against him. It also explains why I am not only complying immediately but with some degree of relief for the battered sensibilities of ordinary Nigerians whose patience must have become severely over-taxed by these anomalies.”


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