NOW that the power of public opinion has compelled the Federal Authorities to clarify the delay in making Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem the substantive President, Courtroom of Attraction, the reason prompts additional questions. Justice Dongban-Mensem, who’s occupying the place in an appearing capability, had been advisable by the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC) to succeed Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa who retired in March.
President Muhammadu Buhari has not despatched her identify to the Senate for affirmation, however lately prolonged her tenure as appearing president of the courtroom until September. An open letter to Buhari by a vocal social critic, Col Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd), amplified public suspicion.
Umar mentioned: “As it’s, probably the most senior Decide, Justice Monica Dongban Mensem, a northern Christian, is serving out her second three-month time period as appearing Chief Decide with out agency prospects that she shall be confirmed substantive head. I have no idea Justice Mensem however those that do attest to her competence, honesty and humility. She seems eminently certified for appointment because the substantive Chief Decide of the Courtroom of Attraction as she can also be mentioned to be extremely advisable by the Nationwide Judicial Council. If she just isn’t and is bypassed in favour of the subsequent in line who occurs to be one other northern Muslim, that may be actually odd.”
After this loud and clear message, which mirrored public suspicion, the reason by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu confirmed that the presidency obtained the message. ”The president has an obligation to make sure that all such appointments meet the necessities of the structure… he has an obligation to permit regulation enforcement and safety businesses to do their work,” Shehu acknowledged. In different phrases, the nominee continues to be being screened, greater than three months after her nomination and holding the place in an appearing capability.
Shehu argued that “an additional three months appearing interval ranging from June third” didn’t justify public suspicion. In keeping with him, “Legally talking, the privilege to steer the Courtroom of Attraction in appearing capability is for six months. As it’s as we speak, the beneficiary is simply three months within the workplace. It’s subsequently mischievous and unreasonable for anybody to start out a marketing campaign, untimely as it’s, over a proper that has not arisen.”
It’s not clear how lengthy Justice Dongban-Mensem’s screening will take. However the longer it takes to course of her affirmation, the longer public suspicion will linger. Her screening mustn’t take an eternity.