President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered a formal request to the house of senate for the confirmation of nomination of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Dated 25th July 2022, the letter was read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary on Tuesday.
”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 is 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.” the letter read.
Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari in another letter dated 21 July, 2022, 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.
He clarified that the request was in congruence with the provision of Section 3(2) of the Hajj Commission Act. Cap. 321, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
This comes after the resignation of former Chief Justice Muhammad Tanko on 27th June 2022.
The former CJN’s resignation was prompted by a protest by 14 aggrieved Justices over matters of welfare.
The former CJN, in his resignation letter, however, justified his resignation on health grounds.