Osinbajo swears in Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen being sworn in as CJN by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen being sworn in as CJN by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sworn in Walter Onnoghen as the 17th Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The swearing-in ceremony was conducted Tuesday inside the council chambers of Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja.

Mr. Onnoghen, a native of Cross River state, was first appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as acting CJN on November 10, 2016 after the retirement of former CJN, Mahmoud Mohammed.

Mr. Osinbajo returned his name to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation as substantive CJN on February 8.

The Senate screened and confirmed him on March 1.

Mr. Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari had asked him to let the new CJN know that he was assuming office at a time “when all arms of government suffers from loss of confidence from the people”.

He also said Mr. Buhari expressed the belief that the tenure of the new CJN will help revive and sustain the people’s confidence.

Mr. Osinbajo said it was time to show Nigerians that the choice they made in bringing in the administration was the right one.

Speaking earlier, the new CJN said his complete loyalty was with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He pledged to continue to keep to his oath of office and solicited the cooperation of all Nigerians.

Mr. Onnoghen said the key to achieving good governance in Nigeria lies in respecting the rule of law.

“To Nigerians who had kept the faith, some have even fasted, I say a big thank you,” he said.

Part of the swearing-in ceremony was the investiture of the Grand Commander of the Niger, GCON, on the new CJN.

The award, Nigeria’s second highest national honour, was given by Mr. Osinbajo.

The event was witnessed by Mr. Onnoghen’s family, Senate President Bukola Saraki, former CJN Mohammed Mahmud, Justices of the Supreme Court and other divisions, as well as Ministers.


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  • Billy Salman

    I have serious doubts about the impartiality and character depth of people from the creeks, I hope this judge is different

    • George

      And you have serious love for their oil money.

      God will seriously judge you and your household very harshly.

      • kinsly

        Mumu, keep deranging.

    • sab

      Who headed the judiciary when there was flowing corruption in the judiciary? In the last 30 years northerners held sway in the judiciary, you did not see the corrotion in our judicial system. Then it was a perfect system even till last November. It is now you are beginning to discover from your dictionary the words impartiality and character depth. Please wake from your slumber.

    • emmanuel

      Liman, Yunusa, Buba, Umar CCB etc from the South and the last CJN?
      If Judiciary headed by your own for over thirty years has become very dirty, it is the South? Then Nigeria headed by A South South person for six years became dirty only then and the over 42 years of your people’s very corrupt rule did no damage?
      Hypocrisy!

  • Toughie Man

    Congratulations to the new CJN, another round of applause to Justice Walter Onnoghen for the the investiture of the Grand Commander of the Niger, GCON, on the new CJN. Thank God for the courageous Ag. President for taking this bold step despite the initial hiccups. We want to see how you will restore the dignity of the judiciary again and make the common man feel a sense of belonging in Nigerian judicial system again.

  • sammyctu ode

    Congratulations CJN however rule of law you have been advocating for is a two way street cos you and your fellow judges must play your parts by flushing out corrupt judges, so called sans, useless corrupt lawyers who delay cases that need to be completed within three months, also stop all these illegal activities by PREVENTING SUBVERSION OF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. Rule of law works perfectly in western countries but not in Nigeria where all these so called elites think they are above the law. I subscribe to rule of law but the elites and the judiciary have used it to subvert our justice system.

    • The Judex

      @sammyctuode:disqus

      When Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen nearly got it wrong

      Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen said last week told the press that the government
      must come to court with water-tight cases to obtain judicial conviction of
      treasury thieves accused of corruption. He is only half-right. The Evidence Law
      imposes a further duty on presiding Judges to think logically and make
      necessary inferences from a set of given facts. Corruption is one such case
      where logical inference is compelling because confession is seldom made by
      treasury thieves. So far, presiding judges in courts of law fail that legal
      duty to reason through a matrix of facts for necessary inferences. The multi-billion
      theft in Lagos state is yet un-remedied mainly for that reason, besides that
      Muhamadu Buhari himself actively covers it up by doing nothing.

      Lagosians
      are now angry. They were duped and robbed by Raji Babatunde Fashola – who,
      without a doubt, is a most obvious financial crimes suspect in Nigeria today. Raji
      Fashola said he received 2.42 trillion Naira revenue in 8 years from year 2007.
      But that figure is false accounting. The actual gross revenue in Lagos in each
      year was ₦400b +, and that means a gross total of ₦3.2
      trillion, between the years 2007 and 2015. The rogue creature, Raji
      Fashola, points at the BRT (bus lane) project as a major capital item but the
      BRT project collapsed in his hands within three (3) years. Within three (3)
      years, the dullard governor, Raji Fashola ruined the BRT, making it total
      financial loss to Lagos state. Of the 900+ buses at outset in the year 2008,
      the BRT had just 85 left in the year 2015, making it the worst transport
      project ever in Nigeria. So, where is Lagos state’s 3.2 trillion Naira?

      • The Judex

        …………….(2) When Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen nearly got it wrong

        Let us do the sensible arithmetic of the facts here. “N5.4 billion goes for
        monthly salary and N251 million goes for pension bills
        ,” said
        the Lagos state Commissioner of Finance in the year 2011. So, it means total
        salary payment, as overhead, in Lagos state under Raji Fashola was 64.8 billion
        Naira per year. So, in 8 years, it would be 518 billion Naira on that
        extrapolation; which also means pension was three [3] billion Naira per year
        which is = 24 billion Naira in 8 years.

        Now, add 24 billion Naira
        to 518 billion Naira. What do you get? You will get 542 billion Naira.
        Now add one billion Naira, just to account for increments in those eight
        years, what will you get? You will get 543 billion Naira. Now, deduct that 543
        billion from the cash revenue of 3.2 TRILLION Naira that came into Raji
        Fashola’s hands as Lagos state revenue. What will you get? You will get
        ₦2.657 TRILLION as the amount RAJI FASHOLA has to account for.
        Where is the evidence showing 2.657 trillion Naira spent for
        public purpose in Lagos state under Raji Fashola?

      • The Judex

        Lagosians
        are now angry. They were duped and robbed by Raji Babatunde Fashola – who,
        without a doubt, is a most obvious financial crimes suspect in Nigeria today. Raji
        Fashola said he received 2.42 trillion Naira revenue in 8 years from year 2007.
        But that figure is false accounting. The actual gross revenue in Lagos in each
        year was ₦400b +, and that means a gross total of ₦3.2
        trillion, between the years 2007 and 2015. The rogue creature, Raji
        Fashola, points at the BRT (bus lane) project as a major capital item but the
        BRT project collapsed in his hands within three (3) years. Within three (3)
        years, the dullard governor, Raji Fashola ruined the BRT, making it total
        financial loss to Lagos state. Of the 900+ buses at outset in the year 2008,
        the BRT had just 85 left in the year 2015, making it the worst transport
        project ever in Nigeria. So, where is Lagos state’s 3.2 trillion Naira?

  • Sarah

    Congratulations to our new CJN. May God grant you the wisdom, courage, good health and longevity to fulfill the requirements of your new office.
    God Bless

  • Rommel

    If rule of law means that I must accept a criminal because the law says so then men should seek mob rule, I hope CJN Onnoghen realizes that our eyes would be on him,we know he is a very tainted man,only time will reveal if he has changed,for now,he has my support as the rule of law demands I do

    • George

      Keep crying boy but nothing you can do about because it already taken place.

      Onnoghen is dirty but his oil money is clean.

      Buhari OUT Onnoghen IN.

      My father always says those who prevented Vultures into the market place always leave the market for Vultures.

      Niger Delta shall over come all the evil plans of the yeye Northerners Muslims.

    • sab

      Rommel, tell us the taints on Onnoghen. Were it to be a northerner would you be wailing like this?

      • aisha ani

        Don’t mind them jare, it needs to be said.

    • Otile

      You continue to sound like a lunatic – you know he is a very tainted man, yet you support him. Shame on you.

    • emmanuel

      You did tell us Onnoghen had dossier of corruption that was domiciled with you and El-Rufai. An imaginary ethnic dossier scripted out of bigotry.
      Buhari defied quota, rule of law etc and imposed Dambazzau, Burutai, Grasscutter, Mamman Duara, Yukubu of INEC with UBEB N1billion, Magu of N40 million rent and the rest of your saints with smellu covered wounds.
      We are not tired of your manipulative orchestration, continue to churn them out, but nature is already taking its course

    • Sword of Damocles

      Patriot as you can from the “trail of insults” that follows your post, uncommon valor is not common. I think the philosophers who wrote about moral relativity must have had Nigerians as guinea pigs. Once again it does not take a nuclear physicist to ascertain WHY YOU ARE BEEN ATTACKED. Nigeria/ Africa is truly PECULIAR, if I live to be Methuselah’s age (963) , I can NEVER understand my countryman……

    • LionHeart

      You are a very biased minded man and that’s not a good quality. Sometimes you write as if you are the only one against corruption.

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  • Gary

    Congrats CJN…finally! Now Oga please don’t be like GEJ and cause us shame by looking helpless as miscreants as hold sway.
    Do justice and hold your colleagues to the same level of accountability as yourself in upholding the law and the human and civil rights of ALL the people. The judiciary is our last line of defence against tyranny.

    P.S. Does the elevation to CJN or high office automatically come with a national award? Methinks an award should be the reward for meritorious service at the end rather than the start of a tenure.

    • Reginald Dandeson

      I think the consideration here is the fact of having attained that level or national height of CJN. That in itself might be considered as the height of meritorious service to fatherland. It’s thus an automatic award for attaining that national height.

      It’s the same way as being conferred the honor of GCFR the moment ones becomes President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. That, also, not minding how dismally and horrendously one eventually performs as President, or how one attains that office, whether by popular mandate or through bloodletting, as in military coups.

    • Sword of Damocles

      “Methinks an award should be the reward for meritorious service at the end rather than the start of a tenure.”
      My brother that is the quickest way to know/discern that the people you are speaking about are NOT SERIOUS!!

  • Dazmillion

    Buhari’s spokesmen have been lying all over the place about Buhari talking to all the world leaders, I hope he would extend his notorious phone calls to the new CJN

  • vincentumenyiora

    Judge Onnoghen sweated in after all by the Ag. President indeed after the dithering and Nigerians are not told why – i. e. the reasons for the delay or foot dragging and we are talking about Change begins with Me! O Kay, perhaps this is part of it – the long anticipated Change really to begin with the authorities! Nigeria in a QUANDARY – a question of making up your minds really to be forthright and rational in what you’re doing about appointments in accordance with the Federal Character provision in the Constitution, folks!