Lagos based human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, has condemned the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, and other judicial officers for honouring a private dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday 23rd May, 2019.
He said” “Rule 1.4 states: ‘The Judge must be sensitive to the need to avoid contacts that may lead people to speculate that there is a special relationship between him and someone who the judge may be tempted to favour in some way in the course of his judicial duties’.
“1.5 states: ‘A judicial officer must avoid social relationships that are improper or may give rise to an appearance of impropriety or that may cast doubt on the ability of a judicial officer to decide cases impartially.'”
He quoted thus, “When you have the head of the judicial arm, dining with a President who has publicly asserted his contempt for the rule of law, a President who has a petition challenging his election before the courts, at a time that the judiciary is plagued by a crisis of confidence, and you still come here and insult me over my harmless observation, is there hope for the future of Nigeria?”
He recalled that President Donald Trump of the United States was berated across party lines for being too friendly with the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, when the former was under probe.