Why Must You Attend Dinner with Buhari – Lawyer Slams CJN Tanko

Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, has slammed Tanko Mohammad, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, and other judicial officers for honoring a private dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa on Thursday.

The Lagos-based lawyer said it was against the rule of the judiciary for the CJN and judicial officials to attend such gathering.

In a series of tweets, Effiong noted that when the head of the judicial arm dines with a President who has a petition challenging his election before the courts, then something is not right.

He wrote, “Rule 1.4 states: The Judge must be sensitive to the need to avoid contacts that may lead people to speculate that there is a special relationship between him and someone whom the judge may be tempted to favor in some way in the course of his judicial duties.

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“1.5 states: A judicial officer must avoid social relationships that are improper or may give rise to an appearance of impropriety or that may cast doubt on the ability of a judicial officer to decide cases impartially.”

“It is in Nigeria that intellectuals defend the madness and impropriety of politicians with so much Passion.

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“When you have the head of the judicial arm, dining with a President who has publicly asserted his disdain for the rule of law, a President who has a petition challenging his election before the courts, at a time that the judiciary is plagued by a crisis of confidence, and you still come here and insult me over my harmless observation, is their hope for the future of Nigeria?”

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