Cross River State governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), in the last governorship election, Mr. Odey Ochicha, on Friday congratulated Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen who has just been sworn-in by President Muhammadu Buhari as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
In a statement issued in Calabar, Ochicha applauded President Buhari for the appointment, noting that with the appointment, Buhari has shamed his critics and prophets of doom, who have constantly accused the APC led federal government of lopsided appointments.
Mr. Ochicha said the appointment of Justice Onnoghen has clearly shown that the President appreciate integrity, discipline and hard work.
While describing Onnoghen as a man with the required potentials to sanitize the judiciary, Ochicha charged the new CJN to always uphold the virtues that have taken him to the peak of his career.
According to him, “I want to congratulate my brother, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen for his appointment as the Acting CJN. I pray that the Senate will speedily confirm his nomination considering how critical his position is to the development of our democracy in Nigeria.
“Also, I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for this appointment because he has shamed his critics and detractors who have consistently accused the President of nepotism each time he makes appointments.
“During the raid of homes of some judges accused of corruption, I read some funny statements from some governors that the President was trying to manoeuvre against appointing the first southerner in many years as CJN. Let all the prophets of doom hide their faces in shame now that it has happened.
“I want to encourage the CNJ to continue to uphold the virtues that endeared him to be trusted with such huge responsibility at this critical time of Nigeria’s democracy.”
The APC chieftain further tasked Justice Onnoghen to support the federal government fight to rid the judiciary of corrupt judges and in other places in the country.
“When you go through the profile of Justice Onnoghen, you will appreciate the fact that he is one of the few persons in the judiciary today who have the credentials and wherewithal to put an end to the commercialization of justice in Nigeria. This is when to show those great potentials and I charge him to completely support the government’s effort to sanitize the judiciary”, he added.