CJN Onnoghen: Why Buhari should immediately resign – Ex-APC spokesman, Timi Frank

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, Timi Frank, on Monday called on President Muhammadu
Buhari to immediately resign his position for "claiming ignorance
about the wicked plot to forcefully remove the Chief Justice of
Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen through a kangaroo false asset
declaration trial".

Frank said since Buhari has become unaware of his sacred duties and
position as President, he should relinquish his seat so that Nigerians
can look for a President who "will be aware and conscious about
critical national issues that often emanate from the presidency."

In a statement he signed and forwarded to DAILY POST, the former APC
spokesperson stated that "It was preposterous and unimaginable for an
anonymous aide of the President to have sponsored a report in an
online media to the effect that the President is not "aware" of the
planned trial of the CJN at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

He particularly berated the Special Adviser to President Buhari on
Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, for denying reports that
Buhari had demanded the resignation of Onnoghen.

Ojudu had said: "Buhari never at any time demanded CJ's resignation.

"I challenge anyone who says so to cite the pronouncement, the press
statement or quote any public official who made such announcement."

Reacting, Frank said: "The germane issue was the illegal plot to
intimidate and humiliate the head of a critical arm of government,
ahead of the upcoming elections.

"Why should Nigerians continue to sustain and maintain a President who
assumed office over three years ago but never is aware of actions
emanating from his official table?

"I strongly believe that Nigerians have got the chance to correct this
apparent amnesia in the presidency by voting for a more capable and
fully aware presidential candidate in February.

"We cannot continue to operate under this lifeless and unaware administration."

He further stated that Buhari has continued to make Nigeria a
"laughing stock by his persistent claim of lack of awareness even when
his very orders were being fragrantly disobeyed as President and
Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces by Service Chiefs, heads of the
Department of State Services and the Inspector General of Police who
are under his control".

Frank said further: "Nigerians have not forgotten how the orders of
Buhari that the military high command should relocate to Maiduguri on
assumption of office were never obeyed.

"When the DSS invaded the residence of serving Justices and judges
under the cover of night and broke down their doors, the Presidency
claimed Buhari was not aware of the illegal and unthinkable action
that was unbecoming of a security agency in a democracy.

"When the National Assembly was invaded by the DSS in an attempt to
forcefully remove the presiding officers of the Senate, the presidency
claimed Buhari never gave the orders.

"When the President ordered the IGP to relocate to Benue State in
efforts to stem the rising tide of bloodletting in that state by
suspected herdsmen, the IGP refused and the President denied knowledge
of the refusal.

"All these show that the President lacks integrity. A President that
cannot take responsibility for simple government actions cannot be
said to possess any iota of integrity.

"A self-acclaimed anti-corruption czar who is not aware that his
former SGF, Babacheer Lawal, accused of monumental corruption, is
today not facing trial in any court cannot be said to be a man of

"He cannot also claim not to be aware that Lawal has been appointed as
a member of his re-election campaign committee.

"He cannot claim not to be aware that two of his serving appointees
have been accused of certificate forgery and not performing the one
year mandatory youth service programme respectively."

Frank maintained that Buhari's persistent claims of being unaware of
major actions of his administration give credence to the position of
the Wife of the President, Aisha, that two or three persons have since
hijacked the presidency.

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