President Muhammadu Buhari, with the consent of the National Judicial Council, has extended Justice Tanko Muhammad’s tenure as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria by another three months.
The NJC quietly conceded to Buhari’s request for the extension of the acting CJN’s tenure at its meeting held between Wednesday and Thursday.
The NJC spokesman, Soji Oye, explained on Saturday that the council met and approved Buhari’s request to extend the appointment.
“The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper report stating that the council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting CJN,” he said.
“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday, April 18, 2019 and at the 88th Meeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the president.”