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El-Rufai Insists CJN Onnoghen Must Resign

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By Bukola Olasanmi

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has proven that he is corrupt and therefore cannot continue to head the nation’s judiciary.

He described the non-declaration of assets by the CJN as shameful and an embarrassment to both the judiciary and the country in general and therefore, urged him to resign the position.

El-Rufai made the comments on Friday while addressing members of some civil society organisations who staged a protest at the Government House in Kaduna.

The group, including women and youths, marched through major roads in the state capital, demanding the sack of the suspended CJN.

According to them, by failing to declare his assets, Justice Onnoghen should have resigned from office and saved himself and the judiciary any further embarrassment.

In response, El-Rufai said, “In Kaduna State we do not support corruption, we do not support injustice. In Kaduna State, we are 100% behind the integrity of our president.

“I’m grateful for this and I assure you that the message that you’ve given to me will be delivered to Mr President.

“The case of justice Onnoghen is a very sad one because Sheik Usman Dan Fodio, who is the founder of the Sokoto caliphate wrote that the worst kind of corruption you can find in any public servant is judicial corruption because when a president is corrupt or a governor is corrupt, it is to the judge that ordinary people can take their case for the judge to remove him from office.

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