President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, seeking confirmation of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
Mr Ariwoola has been acting at the CJN, following the resignation of Justice Mohammed Tanko on June 27 over health issues.
Reading the President’s letter during Tuesday’s plenary, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, said the request for confirmation of the CJN is part of his constitutional mandate.
“Pursuant to section 231 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended; I forward for confirmation by the Senate of Honourable Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the Chief Justice of Nigeria,” Mr Lawan quoted Mr Buhari as saying.
“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.”
In another letter to the Senate dated July 21, the President 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 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.