President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Supreme Court Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The swearing in ceremony was held at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja
Justice Ariwoola’s name was submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Justice Tanko Muhammad, who resigned his appointment on Monday.
He emerged the successor of Tanko in line with the age-long tradition at the bench to the effect that when the incumbent head of court vacates office either by reason of death, retirement, resignation or sack, the most senior judge takes over.
The tradition is to ensure predictability and zero rancour in the bench on issue of succession.
Justice Ariwoola who took his oath of office on Monday is expected to serve in acting capacity for a maximum of three months until confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the National Assembly.
At the swearing-in ceremony in the Presidential Villa, the acting CJN swore to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In the meantime, some northern justices were against his appointment on the grounds that the 63-year-old is allegedly battling health issues.
They alleged that the illness might affect Ariwoola’s performance as the leader of the Supreme Court just as it affected the immediate past CJN.
The next in hierarchy to him, Musa Dattijo Muhammad, is also said to be very ill and had just had a surgery.
The nature of the ailments is not publicly known.