El-Rufai asks Onnoghen to quit as anti-CJN protest rocks Kaduna

A Coalition of Civil Society Organisation in Kaduna State  on Friday backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s  suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen,  over alleged false  asset declaration.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, who also expressed his support for the CJN’s suspension, said Onnoghen “is shameless”.

Hundreds of  placard-carrying youths,  women and physically challenged  persons  as early as 7am marched through Sokoto road roundabout to  the  Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, asking  the CJN to resign “to save the judiciary”.

Some of the inscriptions on their placards read, “Onnoghen should face trial”, “The law must be allowed to take its course”, “Onnoghen,  just go please”, “Chief Onnoghen is a disgrace to the judiciary”, “We must support Mr President’s” and “Onnoghen, save the integrity of the judiciary and go now.”

Spokesman  for the  Coalition of Civil Society Organisation in the state, Abdullahi Abdulrauf, said, “We are doing this (protest) because of the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

He said the CJN should also face prosecution after his resignation.

The protesters later dispersed after el-Rufai addressed them in front of Government House.

The governor also told  Onnoghen  to  quit.

According to him the President did the right thing  in asking Onnoghen to step aside pending an investigation.

El-Rufai said, “It is the proper thing to do. It is what is done in every organised and civilised society.

“Unfortunately, some people in Nigeria are trying to make white black and black white. They  are using technicalities to delay bringing this man to Justice. Mr President did not remove Onnoghen from office.

“He said in honour of the judiciary, he should step aside so that the charges against him can be investigated.

“But the man is shameless, he does not want to go but it is time Nigerians  came out and tell him he must go. Our judiciary must be clean. Our judiciary must consist of judges who cannot be bought.”

Meanwhile, former Minister of Aviation, Chief Felix  Hyat,  and ex-Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurencia Mallam,  have  slammed  the All Progressives Congress’ Next Level agenda.

They  urged Nigerians not  to allow the APC return to power, saying the party does  not deserve to  be entrusted with power again.

Hyat, who is the  chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state,  accused the APC of failing in all its 2015 campaign promises to the people.

The PDP chief,  who spoke at the party’s  campaign rally in Sanga Local Government Area of the state, said, “