The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday.Channels Television reported Saturday evening that the National Assembly would reconvene to discuss the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
A source was reported as confirming that the National Assembly would hold a leadership meeting on Sunday over the matter where a stand against the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari will be taken.
The lawmakers had during Thursday’s plenary adjourned sitting until February 19, after the Presidential and National Assembly elections.But the decision to reconvene next week followed the suspension of Justice Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.
The President had thereafter appointed and sworn in Justice Tanko Muhammed as acting CJN.Meanwhile, the federal government has reacted to the public outcry against the suspension of Onnoghen.
Many Nigerians, as well as the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom have condemned the development.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has now faulted the criticisms in an in interview with newsmen on Saturday in Ilorin.
The minister said the critics ignored the real issues which concern corruption and the need to protect the judiciary.He said: “Anybody who read the address of the president yesterday will know that he laid out the point and reasons for the action.
“The first is that there are additional evidence revealing that the suspended CJN refused to declare millions of dollars in his possession
“More worrisome is the fact that when the suspended CJN was confronted with the petition that he failed to declare his asset, he admitted adducing the reason that he forgot.
“The people that are crying tyranny and dictatorship should ask where the suspended CJN amass several millions of dollars which he failed to declare.“We are talking about fighting corruption here. Are those people who are crying wolf saying we should condone corruption?’’
Mohammed said the critics were being “hypocritical and insincere” to say that it was right for a CJN to be in possession of millions of dollars unaccounted for and not declared as required by law.