Effort to subjugate CJN Onnoghen is like igniting a bomb: Timi Frank

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Comrade Timi Frank, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has likened the devious effort by the present administration to subjugate judiciary under Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to “igniting an incendiary material that would completely ravage the country if not immediately reversed.”

Frank said in a statement in Abuja that the Buhari administration has fast-tracked their efforts to finally put Nigeria to social, political and economic ruination.

He said, “This is a supposedly democratic government but they are totally averse to the rule of law. Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, Deji Adeyanju and Dino Melaye, just to mention but a few, are today languishing in jails in varied subhuman conditions following the hostile and anti-people policies being executed by Buhari and his cabal.”

“Buhari and his cabal have done everything outside the law to whittle down the powers of the National Assembly through spurious charges against and trial of their presiding officers and other lawmakers and his criminal refusal to assent to critical bills like the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill and the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill.

“Buhari has refused to replace ministers that have left his government thereby denying critical sections of the country of any form of representation in the Federal Executive Council as required by law.

“Buhari has illegally ensured that all heads of security agencies in the country are of northern extraction against the letters and spirit of the Federal Character principle as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Buhari has also advanced his parochial act of governance by ensuring that all the Service Chiefs who are overdue for retirement have their tenures elongated thereby frustrating the career progression of serving military personnel – a situation that has torpedoed morale in the officer cadre and consequently serious and dangerous reversals in the gains made in the fight against insurgency and other dangerous criminal elements across the country.

“He is right now seeking legal opinion on how to extend the tenure of the Inspector General of Police whose tenure has since expired in flagrant breach of extant laws.

“Of all his hateful, lawless rhetoric and his 97/5% nepotistic ideology, he is again desperate to remove a serving CJN – who is nowhere near his retirement age – based on sentiments which are largely religious and ethnic. Enough is enough!”

Frank added, “Today Nigerian students in universities and polytechnics across the country are languishing at home due to strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and their polytechnic counterpart due to the lackadaisical approach to education by the administration.

“Besides, N30,000 minimum wage bill is nowhere near the National Assembly for passage into law in favour of the suffering civil servants in the country. Rather than fast-track the presentation and passage of the bill, Buhari has vowed to renegotiate salaries of public servants earning above N30,000. This is a government of destruction and not of development.”

He cautioned that unless the administration “ immediately retraces its step and back off on the illegality they have chosen to undertake, the effort may spark off unfathomable resistance from the overly marginalised sections of the country capable of determining if indeed the nation wwoule remain one indivisible country as currently composed under his regime.

He called on the international community to hold Buhari and his cabal responsible for any breach of the peace which may result from their tyrannical and sadistic actions against the CJN and other Nigerians suffering from persecution under this regime.

“Nigerians are fully ready to defend their country. Enough is enough,” he stated.

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