Nigerians have reacted to the report that the heads of the nation’s Judiciary had an Ifta dinner to break the Ramadan fast with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Aso Villa, Abuja, against the stipulated legal provision forbidding such social camaraderie.
Most Nigerians who expressed their views on Twitter were particularly upset that such a ‘friendly dinner’ led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, could take place at a poltically tensed time Buhari’s presidential election victory is being challenged at the Tribunal of which the final verdict will likely come before him at the Surpeme Court.
Reacting on the issue, a Twitter user #RescueNigeria, wondered if the dinner with President Buhari by Justices was a “messy meal of compromises?”
“The Acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed leads Supreme & Appeal Court Justices, including members of Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal to dinner at the Aso Rock Villa, on the invitation of President @MBuhari”.
Also reactin, another Twitter user, Comrade Segun Onibiyo, said Nigerians should be worried and wanted to know on what basis President Buhari whose electoral victory is being contested should be hosting Acting CJN Tanko Muhammad as well ad the members of the Presidential Election Tribunal to break fast.
Even the former Chairman of National Electricity Regulatiry Commission (NERC), Mr. Sam Amadi, wondered who advised the President to hold a private meeting with the heads of the Judiciary and Supreme Court.
“Who advised that President Buhari holds a breaking fast dinner with Judicial officers? No no. It is never done. You can dine with Governors and legislators but not with judges. You keep them at arm-length except for official state occasion. Ramadan is not official state function,” Amadi reacted.
Here are the twitter reactions:
Few hours after Zainab Bulkachuwa stepped down from the Presidential Appeal Tribunal, Buhari is meeting with Acting Chief Justice and some Justices of the Supreme Court In the name of Iftar. He had a closed door with the Acting CJN and two Supreme Court Justices.
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) May 22, 2019
Justices at Dinner: A messy meal of compromises? #RescueNigeria
The Acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed leads Supreme & Appeal Court Justices, including members of Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal to dinner at the Aso Rock Villa, on the invitation of President @MBuhari. pic.twitter.com/H0INSHfQBa
— #RescueNigeria (@voteandstay) May 23, 2019
So the Ag. CJN and his cohorts visited PMB and had the iftar dinner with him? What were the Justices thinking, in view of their own Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers? pic.twitter.com/ZbcSkv8ryi
— Great Oracle (@AbdulMahmud01) May 23, 2019
On what basis should @MBuhari, a man who's accused of rigging an election 2 favor himself be hosting the acting CJN Tanko & members of the Presidential Election Tribunal 2 break fast in AsoRock?
Are they all Muslims & how're we sure they won't be compromised? pic.twitter.com/WW7hve6pmT
— Comrade Segun Onibiyo (@AlphaMaleSMG) May 23, 2019
When the CJN and the President decides to dine together a day after Justice Bulkachuwa recuse herself from tribunal, one would suspect this is another plot by the presidency to manipulate things pic.twitter.com/F4SulKTdlw
— PantoKrato (@lucidator) May 24, 2019
APC is rubbing shit on the faces of Nigerians while they dance naked with no iota of shame.
One can't ignore the meeting between the president and the CJN at such a politically tensed period.
— Alhaji Table Breaker🔴 (@yemi_adebowale) May 23, 2019
It is clearly evident acting CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad has broken the laws of the land by associating himself & dinning with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock.
— 🇳🇬Free Thinker(Alpha Female)🇺🇸 (@firstladyship) May 24, 2019
Is it right that Buhari is hosting the ccting CJN Tanko & Supreme Court Judges to a dinner party while he has a case before them?
If this is not an attempt at instructing justice then I don't know what is. pic.twitter.com/9KUXG5DjDM
— Desmond Joyce (@natubabe1) May 23, 2019
In light of this pictures, The Honourable acting "CJN" cannot in good conscience participate in or even set up what panel would sit on SC appeal of the PEPT –should need arise.
For what it is what, all who participated at this dinner cannot be part of that panel
A bow of rice pic.twitter.com/K2nOnHOR40
— Solopenja (@solomonapenja) May 24, 2019
This is the same man CJN that PDP and Atiku's supporters believes will give them fair hearing at the supreme Court, I really admire your faith guys. All the best.
In Ameachi Voice. We are waiting for them at the SC. pic.twitter.com/8rhwJW2UdA
— Chief of Port Harcourt (@OpuiyoMike) May 23, 2019
They called it “Breaking fast dinner”
In a sane country, this picture is enough for a MASSIVE PROTEST that would lead to the resignation of the acting CJN
— ᴊᴏᴊᴏ ᴀ. (@Heir_2D_Throne) May 24, 2019
President @MBuhari with Acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Justice Alfa Belgore, Former CJN, Justice Mahmud Muhammad, Justice Bode Vivour, Justice, Amina Adamu Augie during breaking of Ramadan Fast with the Judiciary at his residence.
May 22nd 2019.
📷 @SundayAghaeze pic.twitter.com/5mX4BcckZg
— Babafemi Oretuyi (@Mofiobafemi) May 23, 2019
This is just childish! Must u people complain about everything? This is not what politics is all about.
By ur learned estimation, a meal is supposed to curry judicial favors for @MBuhari? U guys should talk like mature professionals pls. Give our judicial officers some credit.
— Songofsixpence (@BonaOtsu) May 24, 2019
Also reacting Acting CJN has been dragged to court over alleged certificate forgery with pressure being mounted for him to step down.
— The Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) May 22, 2019
After the presiding chairman of the presidential election petition tribunal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, stepped down yesterday, pressure is mounting on the acting CJN Tanko Muhammad to resign following the suit brought against him over alleged falsification of agehttps://t.co/BjJiSSM0OU
— The Guardian Nigeria (@GuardianNigeria) May 23, 2019
The CJN should resign honorably.
My law is rusty 😎 https://t.co/U0A2TuVdgd
— IKECHUKWU (@iykimo) May 22, 2019
So, somebody sued the Acting CJN for alleged age falsification. In his shoes, I wouldn’t resign when the petitioner couldn’t even be bothered to show up in court to prove his allegation. You don’t like my views? The transformer near my house is lonely and needs a hug. 😎
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) May 22, 2019