The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
President Muhammadu Buhari had in July 2022 requested the Senate to screen and confirm the nominee for the appointment.
The confirmation of Justice Ariwool followed his screening by the Committee of the Whole.
During the screening, Justice Ariwoola responded to questions posed to him by Senators.
Senators who asked questions included the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Philip Aduda, Senator Gabriel Suswam and Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.
At about 12:45 during the exercise, Senators requested that the acting CJN be asked to take a bow and go “having sufficiently responded to questions posed to him.”
Senate President Ahmad Lawan noted that if it is the will of the Senators that the acting CJN should take a bow, he would be bound by their decision even if the request is different from his personal opinion.
Senators unanimously approved that the acting CJN be allowed to take a bow and go when the request was put to a voice vote by Lawan around 12:55pm.