The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria….and many ,wittingly or unwittingly think the credit goes to Ag. vice president Osinbajo..Though,sources at the presidency confirmed that the appointment is not in tune with the president approval.
“The vice president is a man of intelligent and loyal character, let’s give credit to the government moves .Definitely, he would have consulted Buhari before taking taking the step, as expected of a good subordinate to his principal.The mumus would only think he has acted on his own entirely.”
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, sent the name of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to the National Assembly for confirmation as the substantive CJN.
Buhari had, on November 10, 2016, inaugurated Onnoghen as acting CJN following the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed at the attainment of the mandatory 70-year retirement age.
The confirmation came after a screening exercise conducted for the nominee by the Committee of the Whole.
President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the new CJN on his appointment.
All other occupants of that CJN position in the past had gone through the ranks irrespective of the fact most of them were from same tribe and nobody raised eyebrows.
Many had alleged that the refusal of the President to forward Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation was a calculated attempt to deny a person from the South the opportunity of attaining the coveted position of the CJN.
The three months allowed by the constitution for Onnoghen to act as CJN expires on February 10.
The alleged refusal by the President to forward Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive CJN in line with constitutional provisions has sparked speculations from various quarters that the Presidency is not interested appointing him as the substantive CJN.
Some lawyers and other Nigerians, including the caucus of senators from Cross River State, the acting CJN’s home state, have called for the appointment of Onnoghen in substantive capacity.