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PMB and Onnoghen

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It is strange that Justice Walter Onnoghen is not yet being considered for the substantive job as chief justice. We are not in a crisis. There are no issues as to whether he is being investigated. If he is under probe, he should not even be in an acting capacity. Speculations are high that PMB wants him to play out his time as acting chief justice and the next man will walk in.

We are hearing nothing on this matter from the presidency. Normally he should send his name to the Senate. It is not as if this is the case of any other job where he has to consider the best on a list. If he is thinking of going outside the Supreme Court, he should let us know in line with democratic practices. If he chooses somebody else, we should know why Onnoghen does not fit. They may have a good reason, but we need to know.

PMB does not communicate well with us and, because of that, he allows speculations to bloom. It is out of sync with the democratic spirit. If he has something up his sleeves, we shall know in due course. We cannot kill time without injuring eternity, according to Henry David Thoreau.

Let us know now, the job of CJN is too important a matter for trifles or the intrigues of politics. When PMB wants to do something, he does it in spite of public opinion. We shall know whether what he plans for Onnoghen is fair or out of sync with the spirit of the constitution.

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