President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Nigerian Senate requesting the confirmation of Justice Mohammed Tanko as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Buhari in his letter explained that the choice of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria followed recommendations by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The letter which was read by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan on Thursday on the floor of the Senate also cited relevant sections of the constitution, noting that the Acting CJN was long overdue in an acting capacity.
The letter addressed Lawan, sought the cooperation of the Senate for the confirmation in line with Section 231 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
It also made reference to the section of the constitution which empowers the National Judicial Council (NJC) to have made such recommendations.
Dr Lawan also read another letter from the President which such expeditious consideration of the Senate for the confirmation of appointment of 15 personal aides.
He said his action was premised on Section 151 of the constitution which requires the confirmation of the Senate.
He, therefore, said ”It is my hope that these requests will receive usual expeditious consideration from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
NAN reports that Justice Mohammed was sworn in as the Acting CJN on Jan. 25, immediately after the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended by Buhari.