The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says Nigeria is not a colony and that foreign bodies must apply caution in their interference with political affairs in the country.
Oshiomole said this after representatives of the United Kingdom, United States of America governments and the European Union in separate statements condemned last Friday’s suspension of the Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen over the non-declaration of his assets years after assuming office as the CJN.
Reacting to the statements from the EU, US and UK, Oshiomhole asked them to stay off Nigeria’s internal political affairs. Speaking to state house correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari and APC senators last night, He said;
“Those are very valuable contributions that we appreciate. But Nigeria is not a colony. We will not accept any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Nigeria. When they dismiss judges in Europe…judges have been dismissed in the United States when they are found guilty of corruption and the Western world cannot on the one hand, when it suits them, describe Nigeria as fantastically corrupt and when a corrupt judicial officer is being charged, people want to interfere.
“Now, if a Chief Justice of the Federation admits that he has breached the law, if a Chief Justice of the Federation admits that he has several foreign domiciliary accounts, even though he also admits that by nature of his office, he is not trader, what is he doing with accounts in British pounds, US dollars and in Euros and to the extent of forgetting that he has those accounts?
“If he has such memory failure about the size of his number of accounts as to fail to declare them, you and I know that not even ignorance is not an excuse in law. So, why are we being hypocritical?” he said.