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Published On: Fri, May 31st, 2019

Senate approves appointment of Customary Court President

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

The Senate yesterday for about fifteen minutes screened President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee for the position of President of Customary Court of Appeal for Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Justice Musa Abubakar Sadiq.
Ekweremadu who presided over the session had opened the floor for questioning but none of the lawmakers asked the nominee a question, rather they were making general comments.
First to speak were Senators Shehu Sani (PRP Kaduna Central) and Barau Jibrin (APC Kano Central ) who both praised Justice Sadiq for what they described as his ‘befitting’ resume and ‘competence.’
However the Senate Leader in his contribution said the Judiciary is expected by Nigerians to be firm, to be fare, to be committed to those ideals that the founding fathers of the country worked and died for.
Speaking on the magnanimity of the senators to bend some of the rules for the speedy confirmation Lawan said, “This is a very clear demonstration of how the three arms of Government can work cordially and productively.
“We have by this action suspended our rules in the interest of the people of this country and the judiciary.
“So I believe that there is sense in trying to all the time ensure that we work in a cordial manner. We have given the judiciary something in the interest of the country.”
The President’s letter reads: “Pursuant to section 266(4) of the 1999 constitution as amended and upon the advice of the National Judicial Council, I hereby present for confirmation, by the Senate, the appointment of Justice Abaze Abubakar Musa Sadiq, as the president Customary Court of Appeal, FCT Abuja.
“While hoping that this appointment will be expeditiously considered and confirmed by the distinguish Senate, please accept Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration,”

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