Mukhtar sworn in as first female Chief Justice of Nigeria

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Updated July 16, 2012
From left, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Vice President Namadi Sambo, New CJN, Justice Alooma Mukhtar, President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President David Mark during the swearing in of the new CJN in Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said that he is confident that the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Alooma Mariam Mukhtar will reform and reposition the judiciary for the effective and efficient discharge of its constitutional mandate.

The president was speaking in the presidential villa after swearing in the CJN in the presidential villa.

He said that Justice Mukhtar is presiding over the judiciary at a time of profound changes that demand united response but that he is confident that the challenges can be confronted head on.

Mr Jonathan pointed at security challenges and the terrorism, and called on the three arms of government to work together to overcome the threats.

He asked the CJN to rise up and provide the necessary support to address corruption pointing out that the complain about lengthy trials especially in cases of corruption, terrorism and other matters of serious public concern should be considered to avoid the delay in justice for all.

Justice Dahiru Musdapher on Sunday bowed out as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) having attained the retirement age of 70 years.