The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, recently expressed his concerns about the current number of Justices in the Supreme Court. With only 10 Justices on the bench, Justice Ariwoola acknowledged that this is the lowest number in the history of the Apex Court. This decrease in the number of Justices has resulted in a heavy workload of pending cases for the Court to handle.
Justice Ariwoola made these remarks during the retirement ceremony of Justice Musa Dattijo Mohammed, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 years. While acknowledging the current shortage of Justices, the CJN assured the public that efforts are being made to elevate a significant number of Justices to the Court.
He emphasized the importance of increasing the number of Justices to effectively manage the Court’s workload and complement the ongoing efforts invested in the judicial process. Recognizing the outstanding contributions of Justice Dattijo, Justice Ariwoola described him as a model of excellence and an icon of the legal profession who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the judiciary in Nigeria.
As the second-in-command in the Supreme Court hierarchy, Justice Dattijo has played a crucial role in supporting Justice Ariwoola in various administrative aspects. The CJN praised Justice Dattijo’s hard work, discipline, and high moral rectitude. He further acknowledged Justice Dattijo’s fearless and candid approach to addressing issues, regardless of their sensitivity.
Justice Ariwoola highlighted Justice Dattijo’s enduring legacy and the positive impact he has made in the judicial landscape. He urged Justice Dattijo to cherish and enjoy every moment of his life, as the retirement ceremony marks the beginning of a new chapter for him.
In conclusion, Justice Ariwoola expressed heartfelt birthday wishes to Justice Dattijo and extended sincere good luck and God’s grace in all his future endeavors.