Buhari Request Senate To Confirm
Justice Ariwoola As CJN
The Senate has received an Executive
Communication from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the screening and confirmation
of the nomination of Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Chief Justice of
The request was contained in a letter
dated 25th July, 2022, and read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the
commencement of Tuesday July 26, 2022 plenary session.
According to the letter, ”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”.
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 of the Supreme Court over issues
However, the former CJN, in his
resignation letter, cited health grounds as reason for his decision.
In another letter to the Senate dated
21st July, 2022, President Muhammadu 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).
The President 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.
Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, FAI, FIMC, CMC,
Special Assistant (Press)
To President of the Senate
Tuesday, July 26, 2022.