Justice Walter Onnoghen has been sworn-in as the 17th substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Acting-President Osinbajo also decorated the new Chief Justice with the national honour of the Grand Commander of Order of the Niger (GCON) after Onnoghen took the oath of office as is customary with the inauguration of a CJN. Osinbajo also relayed President Muhammadu Buhari’s good wishes to the CJN as he said he spoke to the President on Monday.
He said Onnoghen was assuming the position at a crucial time in the nation’s history. Chief Justice Onnoghen promised to lead the judiciary and ensure the independence of the arm of government. He also solicited the continued cooperation from all the Justices of the Supreme Court.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki was present at the inauguration as well as members of the Federal Executive Council, Supreme Court Justices amongst others.
Justice Onnoghen’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate last Wednesday after three weeks of being forwarded by the Acting-President to the Senate.