Onnoghen: Interference in our affairs unacceptable, FG warns embassies, others

Clement Daniel
Clement Daniel
My regret as Foreign Affairs Minister –Onyeama
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

The Federal Government has described as unacceptable any interference by embassies and organisations accredited to Nigeria in the affairs of the country.

It therefore warned them to avoid any action that could bring about political, sectional and religious crises and divides.

The warning was given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

In a statement issued by the spokesman of the ministry,  Mr George Edokpa, it also condemned the remarks by the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union on the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

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“The various statements, especially of those referred to above, appear prejudicial and signify alignment with the opposition and endorsement of its position that the ruling party.

“And, by extension the Federal Government of Nigeria, is working on rigging the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.

“These statements also portend tolerance for corrupt acts and downplay the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari Administration, knowing fully that the suspended CJN had not denied the charges against him.

“Also, probity requires of him to step aside while the case is under scrutiny,” the statement reads in part.

Describing the president as a man of integrity, the government said it was improper to think that he would suspend the CJN for political reasons.

“He remains a man of integrity, who has severally pledged free and fair elections.

“It is therefore absurd to presume that the suspension of the CJN is geared towards rigging the forthcoming elections in favour of the ruling party.

“For the avoidance of doubt, be it known that on three occasions that Mr. President went to court, as a presidential candidate and lost his case, in 2013, 2011 and 2007.

“The presiding judges at the Supreme Court were all northerners and Muslims: Justice Muhammad Lawal Uwais, Idris Lebo Kutigi and Dahiru Mustapha respectively,” the statement reads in part.

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