President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
The swearing-in took place at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Buhari had sent Tanko’s name to the Senate on July 11, 2019, for screening after which he was confirmed for the post by the lawmakers.
Tanko was appointed as acting CJN in January 2019 after Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended based on false declaration of asset.
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Tanko has been the acting CJN since January 25 after the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended from office.
The President, in the letter of request to the Senate, said the nomination was sequel to the recommendation made to that effect by the National Judicial Council.
The letter, titled, ‘Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria,’ reads:
“In accordance with Section 231 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which gives the President the power to appoint a Chief Justice of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the Senate, I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honorable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“It is my hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”