👤 By Adenike Lucas
The Senate has unanimously confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Adamu Abdu-Kafarati who was sworn-in as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in September 2017 has “no criminal record found against him.”
David Umaru, Chairman of the Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters said Justice Abdu-Kafarati “possesses the required qualities for the discharge of his judicial duties and no petition against him as chief judge of the federal high court.”
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu congratulated the new Chief Judge of Federal High Court. He urged him “to ensure the rule of law is established and to live above any suspicion.”
Meanwhile, the Senate has welcomed the proposed change of date for Democracy Day.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki said the recognition given to Mr Abiola was “long overdue.”
He said: “We recognize the fact that the recognition of Chief MKO Abiola and his contributions have been long overdue. We must recognize this good intention.
“There might be imperfections in how it was implemented, he said: “but let us take the good intention behind all of this.”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced that in honour of Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 election winner, Democracy Day will be celebrated on June 12 instead of May 29.
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Nigerians would be given the day as a public holiday.
The Senate has implored the Independent National Electoral Commission to announce the results of the elections.
A directive was also made for “all allowances and entitlements to the families of Chief M.K.O Abiola and Prof. Baba Gana Kingibe be made available to them.”
The Senator for Kogi West, Dino Melaye argued that though the award is well deserved, it did not follow the requirement of the law of the land.
He said: “I am a democrat, I believe very sincerely that Chief M.K.O Abiola deserve even more than the president has pronounced because he is a true patriot, philanthropist and should be so decorated.
“But Mr. President, we are governed in the country by the constitution and extant laws. No matter how beautiful a situation is, the law of the land remains the law of the land.”
“Subsection 2 of the act says a person shall be eligible for appointment to any rank or holder unless he is a citizen of Nigeria. A dead man is not a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We should not be emotional about this. The law remains the law.”
Mr Ekweremadu in his own speech notes that “the Constitution needs to be amended if June 12th is declared as Democracy day.”
May 29 is to remain the presidential hand over day.