Buhari asks Senate to confirm Tanko Muhammad as CJN


President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter Thursday requested the Senate to confirm the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive CJN.


The letter was read by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan at plenary following the recommendation by the National Judicial Council (NJC) that the acting CJN be confirmed.


Muhammad has been acting as the CJN since January 25 this year following the suspension of former CJN Walter Onnoghen.


The President is also seeking the approval of the upper legislative chamber to appoint 15 Special Advisers to assist him in the performance of his functions


The two letters conveying the President’s requests were read at plenary on Thursday by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.


Justice Tanko was appointed by President Buhari on January 25 as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria following the suspension of the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnogen.


The National Judicial Council (NJC) had on Wednesday recommended Justice Mohammed to President Buhari for confirmation as CJN.