OrderPaperToday – The Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, has urged the Federal Government to exercise restraint in the asset declaration charges against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The Speaker made the appeal on Sunday through a press statement by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Hassan Turaki.
In the statement, he condemned the executive for moving against the CJN without recourse to laid down procedures, adding that the House awaits further briefing from relevant agencies, nevertheless.
While declaring that the country is not a Banana Republic governed by whims of a man, he noted that the political clime should call for caution.
“This is a matter that affects another arm of government and its head which should be treated with caution so as not to send the wrong signal that there is a political undertone or other ulterior motives to the issue
“As we raised our voice when the National Assembly was invaded by hooded security men last year, it is incumbent on us as the legislature to voice our concerns because we operate under a system where three arms of government are co – equal branches and enjoy a measure of independence guaranteed by the Constitution
“As we approach the general elections, it is incumbent on the prosecutorial authorities to exercise caution and treat matters of this nature with utmost circumspection,” he stated.