Buhari wants Senate to confirm Justice Ariwoola as CJN
Tunde Joshua, Abuja
Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola is on the threshold of being confirmed substantive head of the nation’s judiciary as President Muhammadu Buhari wrote the Senate asking for his confirmation.
Buhari’s request was contained in a letter dated 25th July 2022, and read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary on Tuesday.
The letter reads, “Pursuant to Section 231(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
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“While I hope that the submission will be considered in the usual expeditious manner, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
Justice Ariwoola’s appointment as CJN by President Buhari was sequel to the resignation of former Chief Justice Muhammad Tanko on 27th June 2022.
Tanko’s resignation was against the backdrop of a protest by 14 aggrieved Justices over issues of welfare.
However, the former CJN, in his resignation letter, cited health grounds as the reason for his decision.
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