CJN: Senior Lawyers Charges Buhari to Forward Onnoghen's Name to Senate for Confirmation
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Sebastian's Hon, on Monday, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to act with dispatch and ensure that the name of the next Chief Justice of Nigeria is forwarded to the Senate for clearance.
Hon, in a statement, said it was scary that that the name of the next CJN was yet to be sent to the Senate with less than a week before the incumbent, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, retires.
According to him, "the tenure of office of the incumbent Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, will expire at 12 midnight on 9th November, 2016.
"The name of Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, the next most Senior Justice of the Supreme Court, has since October 10, 2016, been forwarded to the President, who is expected, constitutinally, to forward it to the Senate for confirmation.
"Till this moment, Mr. President has not forwarded Justice Onnoghen's name to the Senate for confirmation. This is scary, to say the least.
"Senate confirmation hearings are not jamborees but are grave constitutional exercises, requiring incisive investigative and at times, confrontational posturings. In other words, the Senate needs to obtain the boidata of the CJN nominee ahead of time, to enable the upper legislative Chambers conduct a thorough investigation cum confirmation exercise.
"The time to act is now, as the Senate must confirm Justice Onnoghen latest on Tuesday, to further enable his swearing in just before or just after Justice Mahmud bows out.
"The image of the Judiciary has nosedived in the recent times; and Mr. President must be seen to be preventing any further dent on the image of this crucial arm of government.
"Mr. President should once again act as the father of the nation, by forwarding Justice Onnoghen's name for confirmation - since he is the only southerner entitled to occupy the seat of the CJN for close to 30 years.
"This gesture will go a very long way in cementing our sectional divides. Again, the time to act is now!" Hon submitted
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