myAfrica BETA


User Guidelines | Account/Register | Get Help

myAfrica is an open resource. Most profiles, such as this one, are editable by logged in users. You may block editing access to a profile of yourself that you create if you wish.

Mariam Aloma Mukhtar
Mariam Aloma Mukhtar


First female Chief Justice of Nigeria

More by user: aismail
Created: 12th Jul 2012
Modified: 12th Jul 2012
Professional Information
Professional Areas:
Government, Legislative
Chief Justice
Working primarily in:

Biographical Information
Mariam Aloma Mukhtar
(At a Glance)
Date of Birth: Nov/20/1944
Gender: female
Place of Origin: Nigeria

Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar is poised to become the deputy chairman of the National Judicial Council, NJC, and chief justice of Nigeria.

Justice Mukhtar was born on November 20, 1944. She attended Gibson and Weldon College of Law, London, and was called to the English Bar in November 1966. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1967.

Regarded as an independent-minded jurist, Mukhtar was one of the justices who gave a dissenting judgement that is widely acclaimed in legal circles and the academia in the Yar'Adua/Buhari election result dispute in 2007. While other justices dismissed the Buhari appeal and upheld the election of Yar'Adua and Jonathan in 2007, the trio of justices George Oguntade, Walter Onnoghen and Mukhtar delivered dissenting judgments, insisting that there was substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2006 which vitiated the election.

Justice Mukhtar is a woman of many firsts: first female lawyer from the north, first female to be elevated to the Court of Appeal where she was a presiding justice between 1993 and 2005; and, from May 10, 2005, when the Senate confirmed her appointment to the apex court, she became the first woman to sit as a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Source: Leadership

Read comments. Write your own.

Please help contribute to the increased value of this community resource by reviewing this profile and the person profiled. Do not hesitate to be the first to write a review.

Author: excisionist
Thu Jul 12 18:37:08 2012

Congratulations Ma'am!. Looking at your profile, there is no question this appointment is based on merit, the ONLY one I have seen from an area where appointments are based on Federal Character.


Dont't mean to offend you but one wonders whether, being from an area where women are oppressed, you ever feel, like I do, that you were born in the wrong place. Don't forget these oppresed women in your new position both in Nigeria and in the Islamic world.



Author: السلفى للسلام
Thu Jul 12 23:44:33 2012

Everything treasured is guarded and kept beyond the reach of unauthorized persons. Women are well taken care of in Islam; they are to be fed, clothed, sheltered, educated, protected and allowed to take works that suit them. Islamically speaking one will not find a Muslim lady prostituting herself to pay her school fees and room rent as you Paul Worshipers send Ngozis up North to do!

Women in Islam are much more than objects for adverts as you Paulistians take them for. Your women are public convenience for anyone who cares. You people keep your money, jewelry and… [Read Full Text]

See all comments (3).

Topical Focus  » Mariam Aloma Mukhtar

Nigeria's Jonathan Swears-In Chief Justice

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan swore-in the new Chief Justice, Mariam Aloma Mukhtar.

More People

Nigeria, Soccer
Comoros, Administration
Nigeria, Print
Government, Business, Malawi
South Africa, Government