• As FEC observes minute’s silence for Ogbulafor
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola was sworn in as the official Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) on Wednesday.
Just before the start of this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting, there was a swearing-in ceremony.
Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president, and the governors of Oyo and Ondo States, Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu, respectively, were present.
Other Supreme Court Justices, as well as Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, the National Security Advisor, were present for the ceremony (rtd.).
Others were ministers who were attending the weekly Council meeting, Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment); Abubakar Malami (Attorney-General and Justice); Hadi Sirika (Aviation); Olorunnimbe Mamora (Science, Technology and Innovation); Niyi Adebayo (Industry, Trade and Investment); Babatunde Fashola (Works and Housing); Abubakar Aliyu, amongst others. Ariwoola, who spoke to State House correspondents after being sworn in, urged politicians vying for various electoral offices in next year’s elections to allow the judiciary to function properly.
The new CJN also promised to pursue reforms at the apex court across several lines such as speed of justice delivery and welfare of judicial officers.
In his remarks, Governor Seyi Makinde thanked the President for Ariwoola’s confirmation, on behalf of the people and government of Oyo State.
Before the meeting commenced proper, the Council observed a minute silence in honour of former Minister for Special Duties and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Vincent Ogbulafor, who passed away recently.