The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in the early hours of today inaugurated Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted inside the council chambers of Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja and was witnessed by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; former CJNs members of the Federal Executive Council; Justices of the Supreme Court and his family members among others.
Immediately after taking his oath of office, Osinbajo decorated Onnoghen with the second highest national honours of the Grand Commander of Order of the Niger.
In his remarks, Onnoghen promised to lead the judiciary and ensure the independence of the arm of government.
Justice Onnoghen’s nomination was last week confirmed by the Senate.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on extended vacation in the United Kingdom, had last November inaugurated Onnoghen as acting CJN sequel to the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.
The acting president had on February 7 forwarded Onnoghen’s nomination to the Senate.
Mr. Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari had asked him to let the new CJN know that he was assuming office at a time “when all arms of government suffers from loss of confidence from the people”.
He also said Mr. Buhari expressed the belief that the tenure of the new CJN will help revive and sustain the people’s confidence.
Mr. Osinbajo said it was time to show Nigerians that the choice they made in bringing in the administration was the right one.