President Muhammadu Buhari’s main challenger in forthcoming election, Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to resist tyranny and peacefully rise in defence of democracy.
The former vice president made the call in a state of the nation address today, following the removal of the Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen on Friday. President Buhari said he removed the CJN on the orders of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where Mr Onnoghen is facing charges of alleged false asset declaration.
At a news conference at the Yar’adua Centre, Abuja today, Abubakar said how Nigerians react to this challenge in the following days will determine the fate of the nation’s democracy, which he said has been brought to great peril by this needless crisis engineered by a government that is unwilling to subject its conducts to the requirements of the constitution.
While noting that he supports the fight against corruption, the PDP presidential candidate said that the issue at stake is not whether what Onnoghen did is right or wrong but whether it is lawful for the government to act the way it did. The former Vice President also warned the Buhari administration not to interfere with the forthcoming elections.