How Ariwoola succeeded Tanko Muhammad as CJN


How Ariwoola succeeded Tanko Muhammad as CJN

By Valentine Amanze

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola and Buhari

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola of the Supreme Court has been sworn-in as the acting Chief Justice of (CJN) in Abuja on Monday.

He succeeded Justice Tanko Muhammad, who resigned his appointment on Sunday June 26, 2022.

President Muhammadu Buhari administered the oath of office to Justice Ariwoola during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Ariwoola, 62, would serve in an acting capacity till further confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

While taking the judicial oath, he swore to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Government of Nigeria, as well as defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Justice 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, 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.

In the leaked letter, the justices alleged that Justice Muhammad failed to address the issues raised despite drawing his attention to them.

They had complained of a lack of residential accommodation and vehicles at the court, alleging that the former CJN was gallivanting with his ‘spouse, children and personal staff’ while not allowing them to travel with an assistant on foreign trips.

Tanko Muhammad


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