Onnoghen: US demands respect for constitution

OrderPaperToday – In the wake of the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, the United States of America has demanded political actors to respect the constitution of the country.

While the matter has been gaining momentous reactions across the country, the US through its embassy in Nigeria, has expressed concern about the widespread criticisms “that this decision is unconstitutional and that it undermines the independence of the judicial branch” and particularly because it was done “without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections.”

A statement from the embassy also expressed fears that the President’s action “undercuts the stated determination of government, candidates, and political party leaders to ensure that the elections proceed in a way that is free, fair, transparent, and peaceful – leading to a credible result.”

The statement urged that “the issues raised by this decision be resolved swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the Constitution of Nigeria,” stressing that “Such action is needed urgently now to ensure that this decision does not cast a pall over the electoral process.”

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