Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has finally forwarded Walter Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
The move was made just in the nick of time, as Onnoghen has barely two days left to the expiration of his tenure as the Acting CJN.
President Buhari had been under intense pressure to forward Justice Onnoghen’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive CJN with many adducing sectional motives as reason why that move was being delayed.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki reportedly received the letter from the acting president on Tuesday requesting the upper chamber to screen and confirm Justice Onnoghen, as the substantive CJN.
Although, the Senate is currently on recess, it would be left to Saraki to decide whether to reconvene the Senate to kick-start the screening process before Justice Onnoghen’s tenure as acting CJN lapses on Friday or the National Judicial Council (NJC) could renew Onnoghen’s tenure in acting capacity as an interim measure while the Senate goes about the screening and confirmation exercise.
There are reported that the NJC will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to recommend the renewal of Justice Onnoghen’s tenure as the acting CJN so that the Senate will go about its business screening him at its own pace.
Justice Onnoghen, who doubles as the Chairman of the NJC, will preside over the meeting.