Jonathan appoints new Chief Justice of Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated Mahmud Mohammed as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Mr. Mohammed’s nomination was sent by the president to the Senate and was read Wednesday.

If confirmed, the Supreme Court judge will replace Aloma Muhtar as Nigeria’s Chief Justice.

Mrs. Muhtar will retire November 20 after attaining the mandatory 70 years of age.

Mr. Jonathan’s letter read: “In conformity with section 231 sub section (1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, which gives the President powers to appoint a Chief Justice of Nigeria, acting on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and subject to confirmation of the appointment by the Senate, I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honourable Justice Mahmud Mohammed, CFR for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.”

The date for the screening and confirmation of Mahmud Muhammed has not been fixed.


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  • Giganto

    That’s really a good appointment! Justice Mohammed is one of the few remaining dinosaurs of justice in its truest sense in the Nigerian’s notoriously corrupt judiciary. I hope the “Sin-net” would expedite his confirmation

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  • abujakenneth

    What is holding the appointment of substantive Chairman of FIRS. The acting chairman has been there for years controlling the affairs of FIRS at will because there is no board. Can somebody answer me.

  • Maria

    Why is he appointing a double Mohammed? Cant the Jonathanians convince their boss that his appointee is a moslem or are they being mischievous? I thought Jonathan has nothing to do with any moslem because they are evil or are boko haram… maybe there are no suitable igbo christian…shameless people.

  • ukasha Adamu Marafa

    Yess woo Taraba turn now

  • tsunami1earthquake

    It is becoming a convention that the leadership of the Supreme Court and Appeals Court have devolved to people from the Northern part of Nigeria! These posts are rather political and must not follow civil service seniority formula. After all, the Inspector General of Police is not necessarily the most senior member of the police; he could be appointed from even a commissioner of police in which case his seniors retire. Same happens in the military. So why must the nation be saddled with this kind of bureaucracy in the Judiciary? Something just has to be done. Haba.