By Toby Prince
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has described suspended Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen as a shameless judge unfit to continue in office.
Addressing hundreds of protesters that stormed government House, Kaduna calling for the resignation of the CJN, the governor stated it was time for every well-meaning Nigerian to support president Muhammadu Buhari in his fight against corruption.
“I want to express happiness to all of you for coming together to convey this very clear statement from the people of Kaduna State that in Kaduna, we do not support corruption; in Kaduna state, we do not support injustice, in Kaduna State, we are 100% behind the integrity of our president. I can assure you that the message you have given to me will be delivered to the president today.
“The case with Justice Onnoghen is a very sad one. Othman Dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto caliphate, wrote that the worst form of corruption you can find in any public servant is judicial corruption because, when the president is corrupt or the governor is corrupt, it is to the judge that ordinary people can take their case to. When the judge himself is corrupt, it is the highest form of corruption and must never be condoned.
“The case of Justice Onnoghen is the case in which somebody who has worked in government for past twenty years suddenly has Millions of Dollars in his account, he has admitted but says he has forgotten about them, which means he has more money than Aliko Dangote because I do not think Dangote will forget $1 Million in his account.
“The president did the right thing by asking him to step aside pending an investigation. It is the proper thing to do. It is what is done in every organised and civilised society. Unfortunately, some people in Nigeria are trying to make white black and black, white. They are using technicalities to delay bringing this man to Justice.
“Mr President did not remove Onnoghen from office. He said in honour of the judiciary, he should step aside so that the charges against him can be investigated and prosecuted. But the man is shameless, he does not want to go but it is time for Nigerians to come all out and tell him he must go. Our judiciary must be clean. Our judiciary must consist of judges who cannot be bought,” the governor said.