President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the off-colour outgone Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, with second highest national award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), even as his colleagues at the Supreme Court had put him under severe pressure following a petition in which 14 of them had accused him of gross corruption while his tenure lasted.
His colleagues had, in a strongly worded petition, alleged that he was hampering the operations of the Supreme Court by failing to fund judges’ welfare as well as fueling of generators, among other heavy allegations associated with gross incompetence and financial impropriety.
The 14 Justices, in a leaked memo, equally accused him of poor handling of the operations of the apex court as well as allegedly sending his family members on foreign training programmes meant for the Justices of the apex court, which he promptly refuted.
But even as the president was conferring him with the second highest national award, the Senate is making moves to probe him pursuant to his colleagues’ memo to account for his deeds.
The Tanko Muhammad’s conferment which took place yesterday, at the swearing in of his successor, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, at the State House, Abuja, saw political pundits wondering why the outgone CJN could be given a path on the back, despite the staggering controversies surrounding his tenure.
Speaking at the event, Buhari said the award was being conferred on the jurist based on the “good work he had done while his tenure as CJN lasted, showering encomium on him for resigning when the ovation was loudest, even though Tanko said he was resigning on health grounds.
According to Buhari, “under Justice Muhammad’s watch, the judiciary judiciously exercised its power in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Above the GCON award he conferred on Tanko, the next is the GCFR being wielded only by Nigerian presidents./SHARE THIS
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