PMB nominates Tanko as CJN, seeks approval for 15 Special Advisers


President Muhammadu Buhari, has nominated Justice Mohammed Tanko to be confirmed as substantive Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN).

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read Buhari’s letter of the nomination of Justice Tanko in plenary on Thursday.

This is coming about six months after Justice Tanko was appointed CJN in an acting capacity by Buhari.

Buhari formally communicated with the Senate to confirm the nomination of Mohammed Tanko as the substantive CJN.

The Bauchi State-born Tanko was appointed Acting CJN on January 25, 2019 following the suspension of erstwhile CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Justice Tanko, was until his appointment as acting CJN, the second most ranking Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Part of Buhari’s letter as read by the Senate President said: “I have the honour to forward the nomination of honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“It is my hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious cooperation of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Buhari also transmitted a letter asking the Senate to approve the appointment 15 senior special advisers.

No names of the nominees for special advisers were attached to the letter.

The promise by Lawan that the much expected ministerial list will be ready before the end of the week was not to be.



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