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The irrational vibes coming from the supporters of the controversial suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari and in his place swore-in Justice Tanko Muhammed as the new Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, clearly validates the widespread belief that people who manipulate public opinion first make accusation against their enemies, repeating them loudly and often with the hope that people will begin to believe them.

The irrational vibes coming from the supporters of the controversial suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari and in his place swore-in Justice Tanko Muhammed as the new Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, clearly validates the widespread belief that people who manipulate public opinion first make accusation against their enemies, repeating them loudly and often with the hope that people will begin to believe them.


Nigeria Moment views that it is important that Justice Walter Onnoghen  provides explanation to the allegations and if found on the wrong side of the law, he should be made to face the full weight of the law. But, it's perplexing that within this change and uncertainty time, the trend is Mr. President's choice of destructive means as a genuine way to achieving a constructive result. While this development remains surprising to many, it came to others as an anticipated difficulty designed for the nation.
Nigerians are worried by numerous developments in the present system, driving towards the old fashion. From the time Mr. President declined accent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018, it was clear that difficulty lies ahead for the rule of law. As it daily manifests principally in; the denial of the supremacy of the nation's1999 constitution (as amended), non adherence to the rule of law, politicization of law enforcement in the country, and non consideration of human rights approach to governance that will guarantee infusion of a deliberative participation, accountability, transparency, and non-discrimination, as well as foster the attainment of equity and justice. Why all should be worried about Mr. President's flagrant relegation of the rule of law is not merely because of Justice Walter Onoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any other. But because of what the act portend for our democracy.
As we know, the rule of law makes us stronger by ensuring that decisions will be tested, studied, reviewed, and examined through the process of government that are designed to improve policies. And the knowledge that they will be reviewed prevents over-reaching and checks the accretion of power. And whenever power is unchecked and unaccountable, it almost inevitably leads to mistakes and abuse'. From the foregoing, when the executive arrogates to himself the power to ignore the legitimate legislative and judicial directives, he becomes a threat to the very structure he was elected to protect. Specifically, think about some of the trends we have seen.

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