Nigerian President Nominates First Woman as Chief Justice

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan nominated Aloma Mariam Mukhtar as Chief Justice, which will make her the first woman to occupy the position if approved by lawmakers in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Jonathan sought lawmakers’ approval for Mukhtar, a justice of the Supreme Court, as Chief Justice Dahiru Musdapher is due to retire, according to a letter sent by the president to the Senate yesterday and handed to Bloomberg News today in Abuja, the capital.

Mukhtar is the third woman to be appointed by Jonathan to a high-ranking position in Africa’s most populous country. Diezani Alison-Madueke is petroleum minister and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former managing director of the World Bank, is the minister of finance.

Jonathan also nominated judges Kumai Bayang Akaahs and Stanley Shenko Alagoa to the Supreme Court, according to the letter.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maram Mazen in Abuja at mmazen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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