The third force movement, under the aegis of the Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM), has given President Muhammadu Buhari a seven-day ultimatum to reinstate the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The movement further said that the failure of the President to reverse Onnoghen’s suspension would lead to unprecedented mass action.
NIM, jointly led by a frontline civil rights activist and legal icon Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and the son of a former Prime Minister of Nigeria Tafawa Balewa, views the suspension of the CJN and the swearing in of justice Tanko Mohammed as a threat to Nigeria’s fledgeling democracy.
The group put Buhari on a strong notice that at the end of seven days from Friday, if he failed to reinstate the CJN they would be compelled to mobilise a coalition force of Nigerian civil society and leaders of conscience across the country to save Nigeria’s democracy.
A meeting of the coalition of forces against civilian dictatorship in Nigeria has been slated to hold on Thursday, 31st January, in Lagos.
Buhari on Friday swore in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as acting Chief Justice of Nigeria after the suspension of Justice Onnoghen, following an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on January 23rd.
The federal government had asked Onnoghen to step down as chief justice following allegation that he violated the code of conduct for public officers by not declaring his assets as required by law.
But Onnoghen has since denied any wrongdoing.