Olusola Elijah

President Muhammadu Buhari today sent the name of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to the Senate for approval as the substantive CJN.

The National Judicial Council had on Wednesday recommended the appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The letter was read by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan at the plenary on thursday

Its read “In accordance with Section 231(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which gives the president the power to appoint a Chief Justice of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the Senate.

“ I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“It is my hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“Please accept, Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

Lawan also read another letter from Buhari seeking the approval of the National Assembly to enable him appoint 15 Special Advisers.

The letter read, “Pursuant to provision of Section 151 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which confers to the president powers to appoint special advisers to assist him in the performance of his functions, I write to request the kind consideration of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to appoint 15 special advisers.”