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Makinde, Aseyin Congratulates New Acting CJN


Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has congratulated Honourable Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on his elevation and swearing-in as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdul-Ganiy Adekunle and the people of Iseyin Community in Oyo State, have hailed the appointment of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Governor Makinde described Iseyin-born Ariwoola’s elevation as Acting CJN as a deserving development and reward for diligence, patriotism and service to the nation.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the governor, Moses Alao, quoted Governor Makinde as saying that he has no doubt that the jurist would restore the glory of Apex Court and the judiciary.

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“I congratulate a noble son of Oyo State, His Lordship, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on his elevation and swearing-in as Chief Justice of Nigeria, in acting capacity.

“This elevation comes as a deserving development, a well-deserved promotion that comes after decades of hard work, diligence, patriotism and forthrightness in the judiciary.
“I have no doubt that the new Acting CJN will turn around the fortunes of the judiciary and the apex court for good by bringing his wealth of experience to bear in restoring the glory of the judiciary.

“On behalf of the good people and government of Oyo State, I celebrate Justice Ariwoola and pray to God to grant him the needed enablement to succeed in the new office.”
The traditional ruler, who hailed the appointment of Ariwoola as acting CJN, told newsmen in Ibadan that his elevation to the new position was due to years of dedication and brilliant legal sojourn.

Adekunle said that Ariwoola’s achievement would go into the history of the ancient town that “one of its sons has made a remarkable accomplishment in the legal and judiciary system during his reign as the Aseyin of Iseyin”.

According to him, today, I am so happy about this development of the elevation of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola to the esteemed, apex position in the judiciary, which is the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

“He has made history as the first son of Oyo State, Oke-Ogun and Iseyin to attain this feat.

“I wish every youth of today will take after this achievement, which is a product of years of legal toil, dedication to the legal career and a brilliant legal sojourn.

“Now, I can say that during my own time, Iseyin has been again put in the mouths of people around the world,” the Aseyin said.

Also, the Iseyin Development Union (IDU) said the union was proud and happy about Ariwoola’s appointment as the acting CJN.

In a statement by its National President, Alhaji Bayo Raji, the union said that Ariwoola’s achievement would serve as “a veritable point of reference to guide future leaders”.

Raji prayed God to guide Ariwoola to be able to deliver justice with the fear of God, maintained Rule of Law, equity and good conscience in his new judicial endeavours.

He described the appointment as marvellous, well deserved and long awaited elevation, adding that Iseyin community are very happy about it.

“On behalf of Kabiyesi, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba AbdulGaniy Adekunle and all sons and daughters of Iseyin, both at home and in the Diaspora, we hereby congratulate our father, elder and a great son of Iseyin and indeed Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, the acting Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on his elevation to the exalted position,” he said.

The President, H.E Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, has sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

Ariwoola, who is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court was sworn-in at around 3:00pm, hours after the resignation of the former CJN, Tanko Muhammad.

Born on August 22, 1958, Justice Ariwoola, who hails from Iseyin in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State was formerly a Justice of the Court of Appeal before being elevated to the Supreme Court bench in 2011.

Since the Buhari-led regime emerged in 2015, it has appointed three Chief Justices in both acting and substantive capacities.

In March 2017, then acting President Yemi Osinbajo nominated Justice Walter Onnoghen as CJN; to replace Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

In January 2019, however, he was suspended for alleged false asset declaration, giving way for Justice Tanko Muhammad, who suddenly resigned on Monday morning for an undisclosed health issue.

Justice Ariwoola will serve in acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate under President Buhari’s request.

The President also conferred on the outgoing CJN with the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger.

In attendance were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, other Justices of the Supreme Court, Director-General of the State Security Service, Yusuf Bichi, amongst others.

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