Human rights lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari must retire if he wants to halt the trend of decay of the nation’s institutions and polity.
The respected lawyer disclosed this in an interview published by Sunday Vanguard.
Agbakoba was reacting to the circumstances surrounding the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
Asked what he would tell the president should he meet him in person, Agbakoba said, “If I meet him today, I will still tell him that he is a tyrant.
“He hasn’t changed and he can’t change.
“Nothing he has done has shocked me.
“This is a man that is wicked and he has demonstrated it severally.
“At age 76, I don’t think he has anything more to offer Nigerians.
“The best thing is for him to go to Daura and retire and save Nigeria from further decay. That’s what I will tell him.”
Agbakoba also shed more light on the reason behind his decision to write a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC) against the Acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.
He said, “My petition is very simple, it says Justice Tanko Mohammed should not have presented himself to President Buhari to be sworn in as Acting CJN because there’s a rule in NJC; I was in NJC for five years, anything that is against the Constitution in relation to appointments must the with consent of judges, so says the law.
“At all times, the NJC recommends the appointment of the CJN and all other judges in Nigeria.
“Theodore Orji as governor was quarrelling with the Chief Justice and he removed his CJ and appointed an Acting CJ.
“Tanko Mohammed was in the panel that removed the Acting Abia State Chief Judge on the grounds of gross misconduct.
“He knows. How would he then go to President Buhari who can’t appoint him?
“Of course, did the NJC recommend you? No.
“So my petition to the NJC is to pay back Tanko on what he did to then-Acting Abia Chief Judge.
“That is my petition. I don’t see how the NJC would be far from Tanko Mohammed’s case when he dealt with then-Acting Abia State Chief Judge.
“There is no other way than for him to be removed.”