CJN: Osinbajo sends Onnoghen’s name to Senate for approval

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has written a letter to the Senate seeking the approval of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria,  Justice Walter Onnoghen, as the substantive CJN.

In another letter, Osinbajo urged the Senate to confirm Mr. Adeyinka Asekun from Ogun State as a non-career ambassador.

In the letter dated February 7, 2017, with reference number SH/AG. PRESIDENT/SEN/02/0 and addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki,  Osinbajo sought legislative confirmation of the appointment of Justice Onnoghen of the Supreme Court as the CJN.

The letter read, “Following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, I hereby notify you of the appointment of the Honourable Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, CFR, as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“The Senate President is requested to kindly present the said appointment of the Honourable Justice Onnoghen for confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria pursuant to Section 231(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Please accept, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest regards.”

In the second letter, Osinbajo urged the Senate to confirm the nomination of Mr. Adeyinka Asekun from Ogun State as a non-career ambassador.

The letter read, “Further to Mr. President’s letter dated 16 January, 2017, on the above stated subject matter, I hereby submit one additional non-career nominee for confirmation as ambassador-designate by the distinguished Senate as follows: Name: Mr. Adeyinka Asekun. State of origin: Ogun State.

“It is my hope that this will receive the usual kind and prompt attention of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic.

“Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest regards.”

Asekun had been dropped and replaced with Suzanne Folarin in the ‘revised’ list of nominees Buhari sent to the Senate after the lawmakers rejected the first list.

Buhari had earlier sent the nomination of 46 Nigerians to the Senate and they had been screened by the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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