Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, seeking confirmation of the appointment of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Muhammad Tanko as substantive CJN.
Similarly, the President in another letter to the Senate, also requested approval for the appointment of fifteen (15) Special Advisers.
In the letters which were read during Thursday’s plenary, President Buhari explained that the requests were in line with constitutional provisions.
Specifically, the President stated that he relies on power conferred on him by Section 231 (4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended to forward the nomination.
He also quoted Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, for approval of appointment of fifteen Special Advisers.
It would be recalled that the National Judicial Council, had on Wednesday recommended Justice Tanko to President Buhari for appointment as substantive CJN.
Justice Tanko was sworn in by the President following the suspension of his predecessor, Justice Walter Onnoghen as CJN on January 25, 2019 by on the order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, over some constitutional breaches.
President Buhari had in the letter, signed by Charles Akpan, Deputy Director in the Office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, cited Section 151 of the constitution which confers on him the power to appoint Special Advisers to assist him in the performance of his functions.