Mohammed Adoke, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation has said that the federal government would not reinstate Ayo Salami until the court cases opposing his call back to office are resolved.
This came after the Action congress of Nigeria ACN said President Goodluck Jonathan was sending out wrong signals on his administration’s commitment to the rule of law and his status as the President of the whole country by delaying the reinstatement of Justice Ayo Salami as President of the Court of Appeal, as recommended by the National Judicial Council.
Adoke said the federal government received the resolution of the National Judicial Council recommending the reinstatement of Salami, on Friday, May 18.
He, however, noted that the President could not act on the resolution because a court process on the matter was also served on the government the same day. He added that no government in its right senses would proceed to recall the court of Appeal president when a case against his reinstatement is pending in court.
“As it is today, the matter is subjudice, the matter is in court and no responsible government will try to overreach the court… This government will do the right thing as soon as the judiciary puts its acts together," Adoke said.