Opinion

The Three-Pronged Wahala of Baba Onnoghen, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Baba Onnoghen is only a metaphor for what we have become as individuals, a people and the nation. His is a multi-layered, multi-pronged tragedy that has everyone disingenuously roped in. Not even the reported indictment of the CJN by the National Judicial Council (NJC) will change the minds of those…
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Opinion

Ministering Justice: Undoing the Locusts, Clogs and Fetters, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

Nigeria’s laws, institutions and processes are, for the most part and with some exception, defined by two inherent flaws. One is the flaw of the time warp and the other is the flaw of institutional cross-dressing. Let’s begin with the time warp. Many of the essential norms and institutions that…
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Columns

CJN: Who’s “Gate”?, By Dele Agekameh

Onnoghen's seeming crisis of honour and lack of self-respect has led to the degeneration of this matter into a full blown constitutional crisis. Other not-too-palatable decisions have been made by the executive arm of government, but an honourable self-recusal by Onnoghen could have tempered the storm and minimised the backlash.…
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Columns

Ezekwesili’s And Galadima’s ACPN As A Metaphor For APC And PDP, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The ACPN’s implosion teaches us that the quality of our leadership cannot exceed the strength of the values that drive our individual lives. The search for Nigeria’s next crop of leaders will have to focus more on the individual rather than the party — because, as we have now seen,…
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Opinion

Illegality of the ‘Suspension’ of Justice Onnoghen, By Inibehe Effiong

President Buhari cannot suspend the CJN. The CCT cannot give an order directing the president to remove or suspend the CJN. The CCT cannot ask the CJN to "step aside". This conspiratorial attack on the institution of the judiciary is a dangerous precedent. Can a judge give an order suspending…
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Columns

Prosecuting Onnoghen: An Issue Best Settled After the General Polls, By Rafiq Raji

Clearly, it is hard to justify any benefit to the polity from attempting to remove the most senior judicial officer in the land, who would be a key adjudicator in election disputes, just a month to the polls. In fact, the action has the potential of heightening regional tensions. In…
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Columns

CJN Walter Onnoghen and the Reputation of the Judiciary, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The chief justice of Nigeria must respond to the present crisis around his person and the judiciary in a way that would save the institution. He must explain to Nigerians the sources and legitimacy of the huge amounts of money in his accounts and his properties. Sometimes, only poets can…
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Opinion

Corruption: How Buhari Is Becoming A Liability To APC, By SKC Ogbonnia

The picture Muhammadu Buhari is painting is nothing but that of a man aiding, abetting, and celebrating corruption. Of course, his handlers argue otherwise, but witlessly so. For instance, their common pushback is that presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in the Nigerian criminal law, which…
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