Updated: Senate Confirms Buhari’s Nominee for Chief Justice

Updated: Senate Confirms Buhari’s Nominee for Chief Justice

  • The senate has confirmed the acting CJN Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria
  • The Senate made the confirmation at about 12:45pm on Wednesday, September 21, following a motion that was moved by the senate leader, Ibrahim Gobir
  • Ariwoola's confirmation as substantive CJN was sequel to a letter President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the senate dated July 26

FCT, Abuja - The Senate has screened and confirmed the acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the substantial chief justice of Nigeria.

Ariwoola was confirmed as the CJN after answering some questions the senators asked, and he was asked to take a bow at about 12:45pm, Vanguard reported.

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Senate confirms Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as CJN Photo Credit: Femi Adesina
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When did Buhari ask Senate to confirm Ariwoola?

The senate had, on July 26, received a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari to screen and confirm Justice Ariwoola, who was then in the acting capacity as the CJN to be a substantive one.

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After two motions to that effect moved by the Senate leader, Ibrahim Gobir, on the floor of the red chamber.

Ahmed Lawan, the senate president, then called for the screening exercise to be moved forward from where it was listed on the order paper.

How did the senate confirm Justice Ariwoola?

Gobir moved the motion that the senate should resolved into the committee of the whole to carry out the screening and suspend its relevant rules to admit Ariwoola and his entourage into the upper chamber.

The senate in their voice vote coordinated by Lawan, approved the motion

Thereafter, Ariwoola and all justices of the supreme court, president of the court of appeal, president of the federal high court, president of the national industrial court (NIC) and secretary of the national judicial council (NJC) walked into the chambers and took their seats.

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The delegation was led by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare.

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