President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Justice Kayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) following the resignation of the incumbent, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
Justice Tanko is the second Chief Justice of Nigeria to have resigned from his appointment in the last four years. Ariwoola, who is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court was sworn in at around 3:00 pm, hours after the resignation of the former CJN, Tanko Muhammad.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the swearing of Mr. Ariwoola as the new CJN followed the resignation of Tanko Muhammad, on health grounds.
But for his resignation, he was supposed to steer the ship of the apex court till December 2023.
He was supposed to be the judicial officer that would have sworn in the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2023.
His likely successor, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola who may likely succeed him if nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari and confirmed by the Senate, was born on 22 August 1958.
He was formerly a Justice of the Nigerian courts of appeal and on November 22, 2011, he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Justice, sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
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