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CJN Tanko Muhammad asks newly appointed Appeal Court judge to say “help me God,” not “help me Allah”

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Ibrahim Muhammad, on Monday corrected one of the newly appointed Appeal Court judges, Olasunbo Goodluck, after she ended her oath recital with “so help me Allah,” instead of “so help me God.”

The appeal court judges that were sworn in are Mohammed Danjuma (Niger State), Muhammad Ibrahim Sirajo (Plateau), Abdul-Azeez Waziri (Adamawa), Yusuf A. Bashir (Taraba), Usman A. Musale (Yobe), Ibrahim Wakili Jauro (Yobe), Abba Bello Mohammed (Kano State), Bature Isah Gafai (Katsina), and Danlami Zama Senchi (Kebbi).

Others are Mohammed Lawal Abubakar (Sokoto), Hassan Muslim Sule (Zamfara), Kenneth Ikechukwu Amadi (Imo), Peter Oyinkenimiemi Affen (Bayelsa), Sybil Onyeji Gbagi (Delta), Olasunbo Goodluck (Lagos), Adebukola Banjoko (Ogun), Olabode Adegbehingbe (Ondo), and Bola Samuel Ademola (Ondo).

As Goodluck walked away from the microphone on Monday, the CJN called her back to come and use the approved words, “so help me God.”

The new judges were to be sworn in in April but the swearing in was postponed due to the JUSUN strike at the time.

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