What Buhari’s suspension of CJN did for Nigeria – Tony Momoh


Former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh, has aired his thoughts on the controversy trailing the suspension of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend Justice Onnoghen over false asset declaration charges was in the best interest of the nation to save it from embarrassment.

He said Onnoghen ought to have resigned from office due to the magnitude of embarrassment the allegations against him has brought the country.

Momoh said: “If there is anything wrong with your asset declaration, it will go to the CCT.

“You don’t take your case to NJC or any other body. The NJC is a disciplinary body for judicial officers and when you do anything wrong in the performance of your functions as a judicial officer, you go there. Anything that has to with criminal acts goes to either the High Court or CCT.

“So, if I were the CJN, since I have agreed that there was something wrong in my filling of forms which calls my integrity to question, I will resign. I put all the blame on the CJN. As far as I am concerned, since he has accepted that there is irregularity in his filling of forms, let him save us all the trouble by resigning or stepping aside.

“If you refuse to step down after you have admitted guilt, what do you think will happen? You think the whole world should be laughing at us that we have corrupt officers in our government?

“Someone should save us the embarrassment that Onnoghen’s remaining in office is causing us and that is what President Buhari has done by suspending him.”


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