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VOL. 7, NO. 2136 FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012



Sultan: enough of bloodbath From Tony Akowe, Kaduna


ULTAN Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar sent out yesterday a message to agents of violence: enough. The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the northern Islamic organisation, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), lamented that insecurity was tearing the North apart. Addressing the Central Council of the organisations comprising Islamic traditional rulers and clerics across the North, the Sultan said that the increasing level of insecurity was slowly killing religious, social and economic lives. The Sultan said northern leaders must not relent in the search for a lasting peace, adding that the rising level of insecurity is not only a source of concern, but slowly tearing the North apart. Said the Sultan: “We must not relent in our search for peace and security within our society. The current level of insecurity in the Northern states is not only a source of worry and concern to all of us, but is also slowly but surely tearing apart the fabric of our religious, social and economic life.” The royal father admonished the North to Continued on page 2

•Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole dancing to a song at a rally of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Agenebode, Etsako East Local Government Area...yesterday. The governorship election is on July 14. Story on page 59

NJC’s decision on Salami’s recall is final, says Uwais NBA, Akanbi, others urge respect for NJC’s stand


MINENT jurists and lawyers were unanimous yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan should embrace the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to reinstate Court of Appeal President Justice Isa Ayo Salami. To former Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Muhammed Uwais, it is only the NJC that has the constitutional powers to reinstate Justice Salami. Speaking in an interview aired on Channels Television, Justice Uwais said all issues of appointment, discipline and removal of judges reside with the NJC. He said the NJC has taken a final decision, which it only needs to inform the President about. Besides, the eminent Jurist said he stood by the NJC’s report. Justice Uwais said: “By vir-

By Joseph Jibueze, Precious Igbonwelundu and John Austin Unachukwu, Lokoja

tue of Sections 20 and 21 (b) of part I of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, the President has no say in the suspention and reinstatement of any judge. It is the responsibility of the NJC to reinstate Salami. “The NJC does not need to seek the permission of the President to return Salami to office.” Justice Uwais is the first and longest serving chairman of the NJC. He was the chairman of the 29-member committee of eminent jurists which recommended Justice Salami’s reinstatement. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) demanded his immediate reinstatement. At its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in

WHO SAID WHAT Justice Salami was suspended without recourse to the existing court cases and for government to refuse to reinstate him because of existing court cases amounts to blowing hot and cold at the same time.This also amounts to using the court as a shield and a sword at the same time —NBA

My advice is that there are issues that can be politicised, but it would be dangerous for the judiciary to be politicised, more so when Mr. President, at the time he suspended Justice Salami, said the judiciary must put its own house in order... This is politics —Justice Akanbi •From left, Executive Director, South East/Treasury, Skye Bank Plc, Mrs Amaka Onwughalu; Group managing Director/ CEO Mr Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti; and Chairman Mr Olatunde Ayeni, at the bank’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos...yesterday

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The Nation May 25, 2012