Buhari only aware of Onnoghen’s trial on Saturday – Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari only got to know about Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen’s trial on Saturday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated.

He also expressed sadness over the trial of the National President of Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro (SAN).

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Buhari only aware of Onnoghen’s trial on Saturday – Osinbajo


The Punch reported that while the CJ had been scheduled to face trial at the CCT over the non-declaration of assets, Usoro is standing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on account of payments received from Akwa Ibom governor for job done.

The Federal Government has, meanwhile, ordered the discontinuation of Onnoghen’s arraignment.

While absolving Buhari of pre-arranging the trial of Onnoghen for non declaration of assets, Osinbajo said Buhari never had any fact of financial misdemeanor involving the CJN until Saturday evening.

He expressed regrets that the CJN had to go through the process. He, however, said Buhari had issued specific instructions that anti-graft institutions should be allowed to do their jobs without any interference.

The Vice President made these clarifications in Abuja on Wednesday during a one-day conference organised by Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, with the theme: “Free Press and objective reporting in the 2019 election year.”

He said:

“I must tell you in clear terms that, for President Muhammadu Buhari, his whole approach is that institutions should just do their work.

“I can tell you for a fact that he did not even know about this (CJN trial) until Saturday evening. I don’t feel good about it that senior members of my profession are being tried.

“He did not even know that there was going to be any kind of trial until Saturday evening.

“He had said categorically, ‘Don’t interfere with whatever institutions are doing.’

Sometimes, it has consequences such as we have today, such that people say, ‘How can such an important person be subjected to trial without the Federal Government?’

“But I can tell you without any equivocation that he (Buhari) was not aware.”

183 Comments

  1. That is exactly how it is supposed to be every department does his duty diligently without fear or favor.

  2. What kind of country is this.very lawless country citizens and government don’t obey laws.may God help us

  3. Who do we believe… Is not aware of all this CJN News and issues lately. I pray… OK o. Sorry tonour CJN. Politics…

  4. I doubt the fact that this man called the president is not aware. There must be something his not saying.

  5. This one vice president is now saying the president wasn’t aware of the Man’s trial . It’s the right thing though buh I suspect falsehood in this statement.

  6. May God help us, the president of a country and he doesn’t know, what exactly is he even doing if he can’t even know what is happening in his country.

  7. Now that the presidency has realized this dastardly act, what have they done to the Government officials that want to put the laws into their hands? Has any one been pushed at least to serve as deterrent to other officials.

  8. Mr President you have tried that is the reason why we should not take up political issues anyhow.

  9. See no body is above the law, I don’t see the reason the law shouldn’t be obeyed even by our leaders

  10. Who do we believe that is telling us the truth, they play politics in everything. Na wa for naija

  11. How could a president not aware of CJN trial.. This is Nigerian where our law markers pretend of their bad deeds

  12. I know they will come out and deny it. APC government, bunch of liars. How can such personality be subjected to trial for just asset declaration? We are watching you people closely.

  13. it goes to testify to the claim of the first lady that the government have be subdued by certain cabal

  14. Federal Government will not kill us with different cock and bull story, before you know it now that case will die down….

  15. this might be true because some persons just want to be over zealous for nothing even when their boss the president is not carried along. i remember MR zealous former IGP..Where is he now? this politicians will not kill us.

  16. This is not true, because of the importance of this case, the federal government is deliberately removing his hands from this case

  17. My president n his vice, God is watching both of you in 3d. How can feign ignorance of something that was published on national newspapers n social media for days? Issorite.

  18. Why would something be happening in the country and the presidents is not aware… Abeg leave us alone

  19. This also means that the president does not know what is happening in his country or maybe he was occupied with important activities

  20. What is really happening in this country , how will the president of Nigeria not aware of the trial of the CJN

  21. What was he doing since. He should be the first person to get such information and not the last

  22. I knew that what the presidency will claim. Every time is not aware. Very soon he will not be aware of presiding over nigeria for good four years with hunger. When he gets to daura he will be aware.

  23. Is it really possible that Buhari is not aware of this arraignment that has been on since. Don’t he Mr President read news at all? Rubbish

  24. For the president not to be aware of this it is not true there is something they are hiding hummm Niger

  25. How is this possible? The president must have said this just to exonorate himself. Only God knows the truth

  26. That is exactly how it is supposed to be every department does his duty diligently without fear or favor.

  27. Just as the President has said, let everyone do his duties well, including himself…. If he was attentive he would have first class information about the trial.

  28. the President has said, let everyone do his duties well, including himself. If he was attentive he would have first class information about the trial.

  29. Nonsense and ingredient, now that everyone is shouting that is why they have said This thing. You think we are stupid

  30. So Mr president you have a heart eaya I didn’t know oh because ever since you became a leader you have been heartless

  31. The president more allow the process that its cause. No sacres cows. Bad presedence is harmful to our jurisprudence

  32. He doesn’t know, his he not reading news of happenings in his country? I don’t just understand.

  33. The President can not be blamed for the action of his staff who ought to have briefed him before the arrangement.

  34. That is exactly how it is supposed to be every department does his duty diligently without fear or favor.

  35. should I call this a propaganda what are you trying to say that he don’t know Kai Anya can that happen where is he is he sleeping for this long that you will say he don’t know just keep you taught please

  36. Could this be true about CJN trial. I pray o. No body is above the law. Why is the president feeling bad?

  37. No body shud b in oblivion about the happening in the country
    We need to follow up closely, corruption charged on a regular

  38. This country is something else. Everyone should be careful with the the way you live and everyone should have it in mind that no one is above the law.

  39. LOL, Buhari is never aware of anything. No be today ei start. I also wonder what kind of Media aides he has. This is a serious case, the VP himself should have told him earlier.

  40. How could it be that he was not briefed of the goings on. If that happened then Aisha was right that he is not in control. Cos he supposed to get briefings on at least the burning issues on a daily basis.

  41. Too bad for this Nigeria who then order for the arrest? So the house will be burning with out telling the father?

  42. How many president do we have in Nigeria sef. Carrying out orders without proper channel. May God help us in this country

  43. I wonder why the vice president is using his mouth to eat the president’s onions. He should allow buhari speak for himself if he has truth in his mouth

  44. Why will he say he isn’t not aware of the trial until Saturday,that means buhari doesn’t listen to news,no wonder things are getting worst day by day because he doesn’t know what the masses are passing through,is a good thing he has discontinue the trial

  45. Buhari can lie. These people think they can play on our intelligence. They are the initiators of the trial.

  46. Better. But imagine after all this drama they are here telling us Mr.president isn’t aware of the trial. Hmmm ! Naija kenan

  47. News that have been trending, you’re then telling me Mr President was aware till Saturday. Play your politics

  48. Hope they’re saying the truth. Because that attempt is a threat to peace, democracy and rule of law.

  49. That is exactly how it is supposed to be every department does his dutys and without a fear or favor of a kind

  50. No one is above the law. If there is skeleton in his cupboard he should face the trial. That PMB is not aware I don’t think there is any truth in that.

  51. So president Buhari didn’t know anything about the trial of Chief Justice of Nigeria? It means cabal are truly running the show in this country.

  52. If that happened then Aisha was right that he is not in control. Cos he supposed to get briefings on at least the burning issues on a daily basis.

  53. All these politicians I wonder how you talk and reason, you are telling us to believe you, so president Buhari is not in this country abi ,there is God oo.

  54. Like seriously so he his not aware are you for real even if you are not to interfere in other body or institution not in this case kindly feed us with another lie this is political stunt

  55. This is Ludicrous. How can Buhari not know that the CJN was been tried. Who then is the FG? or is it the cabals. Very funny country.

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