President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm the appointment of the acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the substantive CJN.
The request was contained in a letter dated Monday, July 25, 2022, and read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary on Tuesday.
In the letter read by Lawan, the president based his request on section 231 (1) of the constitution.
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.
“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.”
DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports that Justice Ariwoola’s appointment as CJN by President Buhari was sequel to the resignation of former Chief Justice Muhammad Tanko on June 27, 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 reason for his decision.
Meanwhile, in another letter to the Senate dated July 21, 2022, President Buhari requested the upper chamber to confirm the nomination of Dr. Suleiman Agha Afikpo as Commissioner representing the South-East zone at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
He explained that the request was in accordance with the provision of Section 3(2) of the Hajj Commission Act. Cap. 321, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.