President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola of the Supreme Court as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
President Muhammadu Buhari administered the oath of office to Justice Ariwoola in a ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Monday.
The 62-year-old Judge takes over from the outgone CJN, justice Tanko Muhammad – he is expected to serve in an acting capacity till further confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
President Muhammadu Buhari in his address commended the now-retired justice Tanko, saying, “His era witnessed several landmarks, jurisprudential and policy decisions by the Supreme Court, and by extension other Courts established by the Constitution.
“CJN Tanko dealt firmly with the issue of reckless and indiscriminate grant of ex-parte Orders that was assuming serious dimensions.
“History will be kind to Justice Tanko Muhammed for his modest contributions to Nigeria’s Judiciary, the strengthening of our democracy and national development.”
President Buhari thereafter announced the decoration of CJN Tanko with the second highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, (GCON).
This he said is in line with Nigeria’s Constitution 1999 (As Amended).
Justice Tanko Muhammad had resigned as the Chief Justice of Nigeria on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.
This led to the inauguration of Justice Ariwoola – the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court at the time of Justice Muhammad’s resignation.
Until his resignation, according to reports, the immediate past CJN was seriously ill.
News of his resignation broke barely a week after 14 justices of the Supreme Court wrote to him to lament the dilapidated state of affairs in the apex court.