President Muhammadu Buhari, has written the Senate to confirm the nomination of Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), according to Headlinenews.news investigative reports.
This was confirmed by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
The letter which dated July 25, 2022 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.”
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 reason for his decision.