February 8, 2023


President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, swore in Justice Ariwoola Olukayode as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

This ceremony took place at the Council Chambers in Abuja before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President, with Justice Ariwoola taking the judicial oath of office.

Present at the ceremony were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ministers, other justices of the Supreme Court, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu.

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

This appointment came after the resignation of the outgone CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on health grounds, which saw Justice Ariwoola taking over in an acting capacity.

The swearing-in comes a day after President Buhari conferred national honors to 449 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria at the International Conference Center, Abuja.

The duo of Justices Ariwoola and Justice Mohammed received the second-highest national honor –the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).

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