DELAY IN SALAMI REINSTATEMENT COUP AGAINST RULE OF LAW -TINUBU
Former Lagos State Governor and leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described President Goolduck Jonathan's refusal to approve the reinstatement of the suspended President of Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, as a coup against the rule of law.
Tinubu said in a statement yesterday in response to the controversies that trailed the Nigeria Judicial Council's (NJC) recommendation for the reinstatement of Salami.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), had told reporters that Salami would not be reinstated until all pending cases on the matter are concluded.
Tinubu said, 'For reasons only they know, the federal government seems eager to provoke crisis where there would be none if only they obeyed the rule of law.
'Now, Nigerians know this is part of a larger script to end the career of a courageous judge and amputate justice and subvert the rule of law. Here the Presidency and PDP are culprits. The facts favour Justice Salami, but those who hold power in trust for millions of Nigerians will not let justice prevail,' he said.
He said that the nation was witnessing a historical situation with the federal executive launching a compound coup against the rule of law and judicial integrity.
He added that even under military dictatorship, laws were being obeyed and the judiciary was not hamstrung, saying when he was detained, he got some reprieve by the order of the courts.