February 15th, 2011
The recent revelation by the
president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami that
the Chief Judge of the Federation, Justice Aloysius
Katsina-Alu asked him to compromise the Sokoto State
gubernatorial appeal is a huge dent on the judiciary.
Irrespective of the truth surrounding the heavy allegation
against the head of the nationís judicial arm of government,
the most honourable option left for Justice Ayo Salami is to
resign his position as president of the Court of Appeal.
This is so because; he has overtly proved that he would be
ready to hide filth as long as his personal interests were
From all the information volunteered by Justice Salami, he
would not have spilled the beans if he had not been
recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court. Definitely,
persons with poor judicial spirit are threats to democracy
and the wider society and should therefore be asked to leave
the scene for cleaner hearts.
Attempts by Justice Ayo Salami to win the sympathy of the
public should be ignored. The appropriate time to raise
alarm is immediately an attempt is made to bend the back of
justice. Nigerians should join voices to compel Salami to
resign immediately. He has stained the white heart of
justice with the blood of personal interest.
Nevertheless, the allegations thrown at Chief Justice
Katsina-Alu must never be swept under the carpet. The CJN
should be given the opportunity to clear his name. Let him
face appropriate sanctions if found culpable. This will be
in the interest of democracy and peace in the country.
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