The Presidency, on Sunday, advanced reasons for the delay in confirming Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the President of the Court of Appeal.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement that Dongban-Mensem was still being screened by security agencies.
Recall that some groups and individuals had kicked after President Muhammadu Buhari extended Dongban-Mensem tenure in an acting capacity for another three months.
But Shehu said it was the duty of the president to ensure that such appointment meets the requirements of the constitution in protecting the supreme law of the land.
According to the statement, “Don’t forget our recent experience with ministers who were signed off upon and turned out as having not undertaken the compulsory National Youth Service, just to give you an example.
“In the specific case of the Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Her Lordship Justice M.S. Dongban-Mensem, the statutory regulatory time of her acting period has not lapsed.
“This is not about ethnicity or religion. It is about security and law enforcement agencies being allowed to complete their work. Nobody should seek to stampede the President in carrying out his constitutional duty in this respect.
“The president had not been a rubber stamp dealing with these matters before and is not prepared to be one at this time.
“Let all allow the system to do what is right.’’