Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, is possibly richer than Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote.
He made this known on Friday while addressing a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations protesting the removal of the CJN.
The governor, who welcomed the group at the state house, advised Onnoghen to resign.
Concise News gathered that the governor received the protesters’ solidarity letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the suspension of the CJN, claiming that with just over 20 years in public service, Justice Onnoghen possibly had more money than Dangote.
“The case of Justice Onnoghen is the case in which somebody who has worked in government for past 20 years suddenly has millions of dollars in his account,” the governor said.
“He has admitted but says he has forgotten about them.
“I want to express happiness to all of you for coming together to convey this very clear statement from the people of Kaduna State that in Kaduna we do not support corruption, in Kaduna we do not support injustice, in Kaduna State, we are 100 per cent behind the integrity of our president.
“I can assure you that the message you have given to me will be delivered to the president today.
“The case with Justice Onnoghen is a very sad one. Othman Dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, wrote that the worst form of corruption you can find in any public service is judicial corruption.
“This is because when the president is corrupt or the governor is corrupt, it is to the judge that ordinary people can take their case to. When the judge himself is corrupt, it is the highest form of corruption and must never be condoned.
“The president did the right thing by asking him to step aside pending an investigation. It is the proper thing to do. It is what is done in every organised and civilised society.
“Unfortunately, some people in Nigeria are trying to make white black and black white. They are using technicalities to delay bringing this man to Justice.
“Mr President did not remove Onnoghen from office. He said in honour of the Judiciary, he should step aside so that the charges against him can be investigated and prosecuted.”