Updated: February 25, 2021
Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara, declared on Sunday that Nigeria was not a banana republic and the Buhari administration plans to arraign Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen may throw the country into needless crises.
It may also lead to a “media trial”, which would be pregnant with innuendos not “needed by the polity at this sensitive time”.
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Dogara said Nigeria was a country governed by laws with clearly spelt out procedures and processes, and called on “people in authority” to “excercise power with decorum”.
He urged them not to “plunge the nation into needless crises as Nigeria is not a banana republic”.
Mr Dogara made his comments in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C. on Sunday.
“This is a matter that affects another arm of government and its head which should be treated with caution so as not to send the wrong signal that there is a political undertone or other ulterior motives to the issue,” Dogara said.
He added: “As we raised our voice when the National Assembly was invaded by hooded security men last year, it is incumbent on us as the legislature to voice our concerns because we operate under a system where three arms of government are co – equal branches and enjoy a measure of independence guaranteed by the Constitution.”
“As we approach the general elections, it is incumbent on the prosecutorial authorities to exercise caution and treat matters of this nature with utmost circumspection.”