Buhari Nominates Kafarati as CJ of Federal High Court


Deji Elumoye in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday requested the Senate to confirm Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati as substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, nine months after acting in that capacity.

The request was contained in a letter written by Buhari to the Senate and read on the floor of the Senate after the emergency session of the National Assembly by Senate President Bukola Saraki

The letter read in part: “In accordance with the provisions of Section 250 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I write to request for the confirmation of the Senate, the appointment of Honourable Justice Adamu Abdul Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

“It is my hope that the distinguished Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in its usual expeditious manner.

“Please accept, Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, had taken a proactive step to prevent judicial disorder on September 16, 2017 and sworn in Justice Abdu Kafarati as the acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Justice Kafarati was then the most senior Justice of the Federal High Court when Justice Ibrahim Auta retired on September 16, 2017 after attaining thevmandatory retirement age of 60.

The Senate had also on March 8, 2018 urged President Buhari to forward the nomination of Justice Kafarati to the upper legislative chamber for approval as substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to avoid constitutional crisis.