Buhari Nominates Kafarati as Chief Judge of Federal High Court


Deji Elumoye in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on 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 as amended, I write to request for the confirmation of the Senate, the appointment of 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 letter read
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, took a proactive step to prevent judicial disorder on  September 16, 2017, and sworn in Justice Abdul Kafarati as acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Justice Kafarati was then the most senior judge of the court when Justice Ibrahim Auta retired on September 16, 2017, after attaining mandatory retirement age
The Senate had also on March 8, 2018, urged President Buhari to forward nomination of Justice Kafarati to the upper legislative chamber for approval as substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to avoid constitutional crisis.