OrderPaperToday – The European Union (EU) has expressed reservations over the “process and timing” of the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Honourable Justice Walter Onnoghen.
This is in view of the impending general elections which are only 20 days away.
The EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in a statement Saturday explained that political parties, candidates and voters must be able to have “confidence in the impartiality and independence of the judicial system” of which the decision has led many Nigerians, including lawyers and civil society observer groups, to question whether due process was followed.
The EU EOM called on all parties to “follow the legal processes provided for in the Constitution and to respond calmly to any concerns they may have.”
It promised to continue observing all aspects of the election, “including the independence of the election administration, the neutrality of security agencies, and the extent to which the judiciary can and does fulfill its election-related responsibilities.”