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Fayose hails Osinbajo over nomination of Onnoghen as CJN

By Lere Olayinka
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Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party

(PDP), Mr Ayodele Fayose has hailed the Acting President, Prof Yemi

Osinbajo for sending the name of Justice Walter Onnoghen to the senate

for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN),

saying; “The action of the Acting President has saved the judiciary in

particular and Nigeria in general from unnecessary tension.”

The governor, who said Nigeria will only be great if institutions were

allowed to operate without interference, added that; “It is better to

build strong institutions that will run on their own than to rely on

strong leaders. Look at what is happening in the United States,

judgment was delivered and no one waited for President Donald Trump to

speak before obeying the judgment. That is how things should run in a

normal clime.”
According to a statement issued on Thursday by his Special Assistant

on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor

Fayose, while reacting to the submission of Justice Onnoghen’s name to

the Senate by the Acting President, noted that; “If President

Muhammadu Buhari had listened to wise counsel, things would not have

degenerated to this sordid extent.”
He said inspite of the submission of Justice Onnoghen’s name to the

Senate, those who out of their own selfishness foisted the position of

Acting CJN on Nigeria for the first time in the history of the

judiciary in the country will answer for their conspiracy one day.

The governor maintained that himself and other Nigerians that insisted

on the appointment of Justice Onnoghen as the substantive CJN not so,

not for Justice Onnoghen as a person, but to uphold the sanctity of

the office of the judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man.

The governor said; “Five days ago, I called on Acting President

Osinbajo to do the needful by simply sending Justice Onnoghen’s name

to the Senate as recommended by the NJC and I am glad that Prof

Osinbayo, who himself is a lawyer listened to Nigerians and saved the

judiciary from crisis.
“On this one, Prof Osinbajo has shown that he listens, unlike

President Muhammadu Buhari that has ruled the country like a military

dictator. I salute the Acting President.”
Speaking further, Governor Fayose said; “Like I have maintained, we

didn’t fight for Justice Onnoghen as an individual. What we fought for

and still fighting for is the oneness of Nigeria and the sanctity of

the judiciary.