A former Chairman of the Nigeria Legal Aid Council, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN has felicitated with Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on his appointment as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, describing him as a towering judicial colossus, moral crusader and paragon of virtues.
Ayorinde, who is also the Special Counsel to the Governor of Oyo State, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said the new CJN is rich in wisdom and will promote peace and stability among the justices of the apex court.
He said his appointment is very timely especially in these very uncertain times, adding that the eminent jurist brings on board a wealth of experience on the bench to his new position as the most senior judicial officer in the country.
The statement reads: “The appointment of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting CJN is a very welcome development in these very uncertain times. The eminent jurist brings on board a wealth of experience on the bench to his new position as the most senior judicial officer in the country.
“I have known His Lordship since his days as an officer at the Ministry of Justice in Ibadan, Oyo State, over 3 decades ago. Some of us are not surprised that he has risen to the very apex of his career. I am sure that the Judiciary will experience great strides under him. I also hope that the work of the Apex Court will be more appreciated under the new CJN.”
The SAN described the new CJN as an embodiment of integrity, justice, truth and the rule of law, adding that the new CJN will restore sanity to the judiciary.
He stated that with Justice Olukayode Ariwoola at the helm of affairs in the judiciary, it’s safe to say Nigeria’s judiciary system is back on track and there’s no doubt about his immense ability to move the Supreme Court forward.
Chief Ayorinde described Justice Ariwoola as a towering judicial colossus, moral crusader and paragon of virtues.
He said the intellectual capacity and vast experience of Ariwoola enhanced the performance and credibility of Nigeria’s judicial system.
The SAN said Ariwoola’s contributions to the development of Nigeria and the country as immeasurable.
He wished him long life, good health and prosperity and prayed to God to continue to guide and protect him.
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