Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Justice Olukayade Ariwoola as the new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) following the sudden resignation of Justice Ibrahim Tanko on health grounds.
Ariwoola thus becomes the third individual to occupy the top Judiciary job of the country in the life of this administration.
Recall that Justice Walter Onnoghen also became the CJN under President Buhari’s administration before he left office in a controversial circumstance.
Buhari administered the oath of office on Ariwoola at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The acting CJN was accompanied to the ceremony by some Justices of the Supreme Court.
Justice Ariwoola of the Supreme Court on Monday took the oath of office as the acting CJN.
Ariwoola, 62, takes over from the outgone CJN, justice Tanko Muhammad, and is expected to 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.