Suspended Chief Judge of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen
Former Chief Judge of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Robert Clarke has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against rejecting the resignation of Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Concise News had reported on Friday that the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN) resigned as recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

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Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), also confirmed his client’s resignation, noting that he took the decision in the interest of the judiciary.

Speaking on the development, Clarke on Channels Tv on Sunday blamed Onnoghen for his present predicament, adding that a rejection of Onnoghen’s resignation will ‘create heat wave in Nigeria politics’.

He further noted that the Buhari government should be given credit for taking the head of the judiciary to a tribunal but noted that a petition by the EFCC should have warranted Onnoghen’s resignation since February.

Clarke said, “The government has knowledge of many things which you and I don’t have, so if the government decided to go and take the head of the judiciary to a tribunal, give them credit that they know what they were doing.

“What has created the situation that he (the CJN) has found himself today is the petition written by EFCC. That petition, he had a copy of it in February

“As at February, the CJN was aware of those charges labeled against him, at that stage when he got the EFCC’s petition, he should have resigned.

“The politicizing of the situation stopped Onnoghen from doing the needful at the time.

“Let me be honest with you, we should not allow the politics or the political climate to be overheated. I will advise Buhari as President of Nigeria to accept the resignation because if he does not do so, he is creating another heatwave in the politics of the country.”