In fulfillment of one of its Constitutional mandates of screening and confirmation of Judicial Officers for appointment into strategic positions, the Senate on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 screened and confirmed Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) in fulfilment of its Tuesday, July 16, 2019 promise.
The exercise was in response to the request of President Muhammadu Buhari urging the Chamber to screen and confirm the Nominee for appointment as the CJN in accordance with Section 231(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Consequently, the Red Chamber resolved into the Committee of the Whole for the assignment.
The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi moved a Motion that the Nominee be ushered into the Chamber for question and answer session which lasted for two hours.
The question and answer session was quite robust and interactive as Senators engaged the Head of the Judicial Arm of Government, who had been in Acting Capacity for almost six months. The session further accorded the Nominee the opportunity to express the challenges and problems of the Judiciary. He solicited for the understanding and cooperation of the Legislative Arm of Government towards addressing them.
At the end of the question and answer session, the Chamber resumed plenary and approved the screening exercise of the Acting CJN via a voice vote, thereafter, the confirmation of the Nominee was equally subjected to a voice vote which ultimately scaled through and Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad was confirmed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the session congratulated the new CJN and wish him a successful tenure.
Nevertheless, the Senate has received the Report of its Ad-hoc Committee on Screening of Presidential Nominees led by Sen. Teslim k. Folarin (Oyo Central), for the appointment of one Executive Commissioner and three Non-Executive Commissioners of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) in accordance with Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communication Commission Act, 2003. The Report has been laid before the Senate for further legislative actions.
Similarly, the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Screening of Presidential Nominees led by Sen. Teslim K. Folarin (Oyo Central) has laid before the Red Chamber the Report of the Screening Exercise of Prof. Habu S. Galadima for appointment as the Substantive Director General, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in accordance with Section 5(2) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Act. The Report has been laid before the Senate for further action.