JUST IN: Osinbajo Swears In Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria

Photofile: During the Swear in inside Council chamber in Abuja

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has officially swear in the recent appointed chief judge of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen as the 17th Chief Judge of Nigeria

The swearing-in ceremony was conducted and held on Tuesday inside the council Chambers of Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. Justice Onnoghen, a native of Cross river state, was first appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Acting Chief Judge of Nigeria on November 10, 2016 after he former CJN, Mahmoud Mohammed retired. Onnoghen’s name has been earlier confirmed by the Nigerian Senate after being screened on March 1st

Mr. Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari had asked him to let the new CJN know that he was assuming office at a time “when all arms of government suffers from loss of confidence from the people”.
He also said Mr. Buhari expressed the belief that the tenure of the new CJN will help revive and sustain the people’s confidence.
Mr. Osinbajo said it was time to show Nigerians that the choice they made in bringing in the administration was the right one.
Speaking earlier, the new CJN said his complete loyalty was with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He pledged to continue to keep to his oath of office and solicited the cooperation of all Nigerians.
Mr. Onnoghen said the key to achieving good governance in Nigeria lies in respecting the rule of law.
“To Nigerians who had kept the faith, some have even fasted, I say a big thank you,” he said.
Part of the swearing-in ceremony was the investiture of the Grand Commander of the Niger, GCON, on the new CJN.
The award, Nigeria’s second highest national honour, was given by Mr. Osinbajo.
The event was witnessed by Mr. Onnoghen’s family, Senate President Bukola Saraki, former CJN Mohammed Mahmud, Justices of the Supreme Court and other divisions, as well as Ministers.

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