Acting President Osibanjo Swears in Onnoghen as 17th CJN
ABUJA-Justice Walter Onnoghen of the Supreme Court on Tuesday took his oath of office and allegiance before Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to become the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
Onnoghen was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 10, 2016 as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. Following the constitutional provisions, Onnoghen’s name was sent to the Senate on February 7, 2017 by Acting President Osinbajo for confirmation The senate on Wednesday last week screened and confirmed his nomination.
By his confirmation, Onnoghen who hails from Cross River State has become the 17th Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN. Speaking at the brief swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo reminded the new CJN of the enormous task ahead of him, saying the fate of millions of Nigerians were now placed in his hands for justice. Similarly, the new CJN who noted his new office as the head of judiciary in the country pledged to uphold the rule of law and ensure the independence of the judiciary.