The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Tuesday said the anti-corruption battle of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has not lost steam.
He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the CJN, the President is fully committed to the fight against corruption.
Asked if the battle was not losing steam with the government now losing many cases in court, he said: “You take that as losing steam? If there was steam, then it wouldn’t have been without the participation of the judiciary. Good, so, if there is losing of steam, you should not equally relate it only to the judiciary.
“The fight against corruption has lost no steam. It is not correct. Now, you should know one thing: two people will always have a quarrel. They may three or four or one hundred. All the parties to that quarrel will always have different stories to tell.
“By the way our system is fashioned and designed and operated, when you go to a court of law, you cannot have a drawn game. There must be a winner and there must be a loser. In our system, a loser has the chance of appealing to the highest court eventually. So, you cannot say because the government or any agency has lost a case in the high court, you have lost a case and the fight is losing steam.
“You should realize that there is a constitution in place and under the constitution, there is a rule of law. So every system under a constitutional arrangement operated under the rule of law and must have these things as checks and balances to protect everyone. It is for everyone.”
Justice Onnoghen said he was not going to comment on the allegation of judicial gang up against the executive arm of government.
He added: “I am a Lawyer and judicial officer. I operate on facts and the law. So I can’t answer that question because I am not on everybody’s mind. You are free to think whatever you want to think but I think you should be guided by facts and the law when it comes to judicial performance or discharge of judicial responsibilities.”