Buhari swears in Olukayode Ariwoola as Chief Justice of Nigeria


President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday has sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria at the Council chamber of the State House, Abuja.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the swearing in of Ariwoola followed his confirmation by the Senate on Sept 21 three months after his appointment by the president.

NAN also reports that the event was witnessed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, some cabinet Ministers, other justices of the Supreme Court, the Governors of Oyo and Ondo States, Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu respectively.

Recalll, Ariwoola was appointed as acting CJN on June 27, following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad, on health grounds.

Justice Ariwoola was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court on Nov. 22, 2011 by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He is an indigene of Iseyin in Oyo State

Speaking to State House correspondents after the swearing in, the CJN appealed to politicians in the country to allow the judiciary function properly as the 2023 elections approach while promising reforms at the apex court.

Buhari swears in CJN Ariwoola
Buhari swears in CJN Ariwoola

Makinde, who also spoke to the correspondents, expressed gratitude on behalf of the people and government of Oyo state to the president.