In a shocking and unprecedented move, Nigerian Justice Boloukuoromo M. Ugo has resigned from the bench, citing demands from the executive branch that he believes would destroy the country’s democracy.
In a statement, Justice Ugo said that siding with the government on this matter would be the ‘death of Nigeria’s democracy’, and that he could not in good conscience remain silent. His resignation has sent shockwaves through the country, and raised serious questions about the state of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.
According to Justice Ugo’s statement, he was asked to ‘cripple the independence of the judiciary’ by ruling in favor of a certain political candidate, whom he did not name but is widely believed to be Bola Tinubu, the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election.
In addition to this, he was asked to suppress evidence and dismiss cases that could have an impact on the election.
Justice Ugo’s resignation has caused an uproar among members of the legal community, who have expressed shock and dismay at the executive branch’s interference in the judiciary.
Some have called for an investigation into the matter, while others have called for protests and demonstrations. Meanwhile, the election campaign has been thrown into disarray, with many wondering if the election can be considered free and fair under these circumstances.