“Tinubu Says Nothing Will Happen if He Removes Chief Justice, Defying Constitution and Appearing to Dismiss Rule of Law”.
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu’s bold assertion that he has the power to remove the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court without consequence has sparked a storm of controversy.
Tinubu’s critics say his remarks are a clear violation of the country’s constitution and threaten to undermine the rule of law. Even some of his supporters are expressing unease over his remarks, questioning whether he is overstepping the bounds of his office.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria is the head of the country’s judicial system, and is responsible for ensuring the independence and impartiality of the courts.
The constitution requires that the Chief Justice be appointed by the President, but also states that the Chief Justice can only be removed from office through a process involving the National Judicial Council and the Senate.
In other words, there are checks and balances in place to prevent the President from abusing his power and removing the Chief Justice without cause.