Justice Ariwoola Olukayode, on Wednesday took the judicial oath of office as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The brief swearing ceremony conducted by President Muhammadu Buhari took place at the Council Chambers in Abuja before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
Present at the swearing in of the substantive CJN include the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers, other justices of the Supreme Court, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, amongst others.
Recall that Justice Ariwoola became the Acting CJN after the former CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad resigned his position on health grounds.
Justice Ariwoola was later confirmed by the National Assembly, and his swearing-in as the new CJN comes a day after President Buhari conferred on him and the resigned Justice Mohammed the second highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after his swearing in ceremony, Justice Ariwoola who was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court on November 22, 2011 by the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, called on politicians in Nigeria to allow the judiciary to function optimally.
Justice Ariwoola promised that as the 2023 general elections draw closer, he would ensure that the country’s apex court, the Supreme Court, is well reformed for maximum discharge of justice.