The Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, has joined Nigerians to react to the sudden trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, C.J Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen.
According to the Senate president, there is more to the CJN trial than what the eyes can see.
However, Sen Saraki believes that this plan in motion is set to disrupt the entire judicial arm ahead of the 2019 Nigerian general elections.
SENATOR BUKOLA SARAKI’S STATEMENT READS:
The proposed trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) has once again opened up the debate on the transparency and neutrality of this administration’s fight against corruption.
As somebody who has traveled this route before, we should refrain from any media trial, and political players should avoid abusing the judicial process. Everybody who is under trial should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The haste with which this trial is being pursued leaves a lot to be desired. From last Wednesday when the so-called petition against the CJN was initiated to the period the trial is scheduled to commence has been barely three working days.
Whereas there are pending cases, where the individuals involved, have been indicted some months ago but no prosecution is being considered.
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All these subjective actions politicize the anti-graft fight. They weaken national institutions. The CJN is not above the law but his trial puts the entire judicial system on trial. It sends a wrong signal to the entire world about our judiciary.
This trial, coming just about a month to the commencement of the presidential elections, the aftermath of which the CJN and the judiciary he is leading are set to play crucial adjudicatory role, has already raised suspicions about the real motive.
There are already suggestions that this plan is set to disorganize the judicial arm after constant attempts by agents of State to undermine the federal legislature.
The entire country and the international community will be watching every step in this trial closely because it is definitely unusual, unprecedented and will define the engagement between the three arms of government.
This trial definitely has implications for the principle of separation of powers and the concept of checks and balances, which are embedded in our presidential system of government.