BREAKING: Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad Likely To Resign (See Facts Below)

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From Princely Onyenwe, Abuja

Chief Justice of NIGERIA may officially bow out from his official practice any moment from now.

However it may be an outcome of the rift going in in the Apex court of NIGERIA where majority of his colleagues have endorsed against the CJN.

Chief Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR was born on the 31st December 1953. He hails from Doguwa, Giade Local Government of Bauchi State.

Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CFR is a Nigerian jurist, who serves as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2005 and the Chief Justice of Nigeria since 2019. He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian Courts of Appeal.

Recall that the Supreme Court justices in a recent letter to the CJN, which leaked to the public, accused the CJN of neglecting their welfare in addition to his refusal to carry them along in the management of the court.

The Justices also complained of the state of the litigations department and the general dilapidated condition of services in the Court.

Once again, Nigeria’s apex court is in the news but for the wrong reason as NIGERIANs have perceived.

The recent public spat between the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, and other Justices of the Supreme Court is, at best, a misconduct of the highest order.

The Supreme Court justices in a recent letter to the CJN, which leaked to the public, accused the CJN of neglecting their welfare in addition to his refusal to carry them along in the management of the court. The justices also complained of the state of the litigations department and the general dilapidated condition of services in the Court.

In the leaked letter titled “The State of Affairs in the Supreme Court of Nigeria by Justices of the Court”, the justices asked the CJN to act before it’s too late on their challenges of justices’ accommodation, vehicles, electricity tariff, supply of diesel, internet services to our residences and chambers, and epileptic electricity supply to the court.

“Your Lordship with all due respect, this is the peak of the degeneration of the court; it is the height of decadence, and clear evidence of the absence of probity and moral rectitude,” they wrote.

The 14 aggrieved Justices further said CJN’s inactions portend imminent danger to the survival of the apex court and the judiciary as an institution.

The justices in their leaked letter also complained that the CJN refused to formally introduce the six new justices of the court appointed on November 6, 2020 as required by convention until he was pressured into holding the meeting in March, this year.

The CJN is also accused of getting involved in procurement functions, which is the schedule of the chief registrar. This reportedly prompted many of the justices to complain to their senior retired colleagues, including a serving emir in one of the North Central states whose consequent visit to the court, they said failed to resolve the rift.

In a swift response to the leadership allegations, which the other justices of the Supreme Court described as “Absence of probity and moral rectitude”, Justice Muhammad, through a statement signed by his spokesman, Isah Ahuraka, denied the allegations; saying “Judges in all climes are to be seen and not heard.”

Ahuraka explained that the CJN refrained from joining issues with the purported letter which went viral; adding that the action of the 14 justices “was akin to dancing naked at the market square”.

Once again, Nigeria’s apex court is in the news but for the wrong reason. The recent public spat between the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, and other justices of the Supreme Court is, at best, a misconduct of the highest order.

“Your Lordship with all due respect, this is the peak of the degeneration of the court; it is the height of decadence, and clear evidence of the absence of probity and moral rectitude,” they wrote. The 14 aggrieved justices further said CJN’s inactions portend imminent danger to the survival of the apex court and the judiciary as an institution.

This reportedly prompted many of the justices to complain to their senior retired colleagues, including a serving emir in one of the North Central states whose consequent visit to the court, they said failed to resolve the rift.

Justice Muhammad, who will bow out on December 31, 2023, after clocking the mandatory age of 70 years, said despite the financial difficulty in the court, his administration has made efforts to recruit legal assistants for the justices and other logistical support to which they are entitled. Clarifying the allegations, he said that eight Supreme Court Justices were recently nominated for a workshop in London as taking all of them there at once would make their job to suffer. He also said while accommodations are being gradually provided for the few that are yet to get, he affirmed that there is none of the apex court justices without SUV and backup cars.

Reacting to issues of power supply, the CJN said the high cost of electricity tariff and diesel is a national problem. He argued that diesel which was budgeted at N300/liter now sells for over N700/liter.

For a crisis brewing between the CJN and his colleagues to boil over into the open and become public knowledge is not only a shame to the entire judiciary of the country but also a disgrace to Nigeria.

The current watershed at the nation’s apex court goes to confirm that the general arbiter who, for decades remained the last hope of ordinary Nigerians, has turned against itself. If anything, it seeks to erode public confidence in this all-important arm of government; the judiciary. In other climes where conscience matters, the CJN would have resigned from office, especially since his colleagues appear to have lost confidence in him.

The letter containing the allegations, it must be noted, was signed by 14 of the 15 justices of the Supreme Court against the CJN and, therefore, cannot be wished away or easily swept under the carpet.

It simply suggests that the CJN has failed to carry his colleagues along. It’s a case of all the justices against the CJN.

It is discernable from the accusations leveled against CJN Muhammad and the latter’s responses that all has not been well with the apex court.

Having gathered all these facts and figures alleging the CJN MUHAMMAD of being inconsistent in handling the issues of the Justices, can distablize his health conditions and lead to the perceived rumour of resignation pending official letter to the public.

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