association rejected Justice Onnoghen’s suspension in statement personally signed by its National President, Mr Paul Usoro.
It alleged that the action of President Muhammadu Buhari was an attempted coup against the judiciary and suspension of the Nigerian Constitution by the Executive.
The NBA added that the action of the Executive depicted a slide into anarchy and complete deconstruction of the rule of law and due process.
According to the association, President Buhari’s action amounts to an absolute breach of the Constitution and the usurpation of the powers of the Senate and the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Following the suspension of Justice Onnoghen, President Buhari had appointed and sworn in Justice Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN.
He said he took the decision at the request of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over allegations that Justice Onnoghen failed to declare his assets.
The President’s action has sparked mixed reactions across the country, including a call on the National Assembly by the Peoples Democratic People (PDP) to take legislative actions against him.
But the Presidency had insisted that there was no political undertone in the suspension of Justice Onnoghen, saying it was purely about fighting corruption.