On Monday, 28th June 2021, Tanko Muhammad, Nigeria’s Chief Justice, ordered one of the 18 newly sworn-in judges, Olasunbo Goodluck to repeat her oath of office after mentioning ‘Allah’ instead of ‘God’.
The CJN turned heads after he ordered the judge Ms. Goodluck to return to the podium and say, “So help me God”. Ms. Goodluck reportedly broke the ‘So help me God’ rule.
It will be recalled that the inauguration was supposed to have taken place in April but was postponed due to a nationwide strike of the members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
The strike grounded all activities in Nigerian courts for over two months. President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of the judges following their recommendation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
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