By Adenike Lucas
The Nigerian Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Justice Walter Samuel Onnonghen as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
Today’s confirmation hearing was an opportunity for lawmakers in the Senate to grill Justice Onnonghen, 66, who succeeds Justice Mahmud Mohammed as the 20th CJN.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki announced at yesterday’s plenary the decision to screen Justice Onnonghen.
He congratulated him, adding that the “screening represents a major milestone in the progress of our democratic process.
“I am pleased to note that all arms of government have played their parts exactly as envisaged in our constitution.”
He also said that: “the Senate will collaborate with the two other arms to support critical reforms and other initiatives that will improve the integrity and the impact of the judiciary as put Nation deepens its democratic foundations in the lives of its citizens.”