Abuja — Nigeria’s government has denied suggestions that the suspension of the country’s top judge on corruption charges was linked to February election. President Muhammadu Buhari replaced chief justice Walter Onnoghen on Friday, sparking claims he had breached the constitution and was trying to manipulate the judiciary. The EU, Britain and US each issued statements at the weekend expressing concern at the development, as elections are due on February 16. But Buhari’s spokesperson said on Sunday that there was no connection. “In Nigerian law there is no such linkage,” Garba Shehu said. “The chief justice of Nigeria does not run the election. Nor is he the first arbiter of any electoral complaints. “He and the supreme court will only get involved as the final arbiter at the end of the appellate process. To link the chief justice to the elections in this way is illogical unless they assume that election complaints will be filed and go all the way to the supreme court.”

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