A rights group, the Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, has demanded the immediate reinstatement of Justice Ayo Salami as President of the Court of Appeal. The body has also denounced the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, for playing into the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The body claimed that Adoke had reportedly said the Presidency would not act on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council because of the fact that doing so would be ‘subjudice’ to the existing cases in court.
In a statement in Warri on Thursday, the National Coordinator of FJHD, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, argued that the AGF’s statement showed that the Presidency was not disposed to the NJC recommendation. Ikimi also maintained that Adoke’s statement “not only belittled his office, but also speaks volume of the quality of advice that filters from the said office to the Presidency.”
While calling for the immediate resignation of the AGF, the group said it was not oblivious of the influence of the ruling PDP on the decision of the Federal Government.
“In the final analysis, we call on President Goodluck Jonathan to respect the rule of law and to rise above primordial sentiments and party politics by reinstating Justice (Ayo Isa) Salami as the President of the Court of Appeal as justice delayed is justice denied,” the group said.
Covering other topics in the same breath, it also criticised the Federal Government’s decision to pay a hundred million naira to the family of the slain Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, as compensation, describing the government’s action as “demonic.”
“Statistically, the Boko Haram sect commenced its bloody campaign in mid June 2009 and this has in turn claimed over 1,000 lives of innocent Nigerians till date without any monetary compensation paid to the bereaved families.
“Yet, the Federal Government has deemed it proper to compensate the family of a slain terrorist, whose sect is responsible for the untimely deaths of innocent Nigerians,” the group said.
The former chairman of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Delta State described the action of the FG as “a tactical blunder and a comedy of error capable of opening a floodgate of bloody militant groups and encouraging acts of criminality across the nation.”