The Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government has made history by appointing the first-ever Muslim Supreme Court judge in Ghana’s history in the person of Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu as part of the three new Supreme Court judges replacing another retiring trio.
MyNewsGh.com’s checks showed that since the founding of Ghana, no Muslim has risen to become a Supreme Court judge.
While some judges who were appointed to the Supreme Court previously bore Muslim names as our readers will note, incontrovertible information available to MyNewsGh.com, however, has revealed they were NOT Muslims.
Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu together with Justice Clemence J. Honyenuga and renowned lawyer Yoni Kulendi will replace three justices who are on retirement or are due for retirement this year.
The retiring Supreme Court judges are Justices Julius Ansah, Nasiru Sulemana Gbadegbe (not a Muslim) and Anthony Alfred Bennin.
Their appointment is subject to parliamentary approval.
A source who spoke to MyNewsGh.com on strict condition of anonymity said Akufo-Addo considered the competence of the people he appointed as the most key factor and not their religious affiliation.
Reference was made to the fact that the man who is now the first Muslim Supreme Court judge was promoted from the High Court to the Appeals Court by former President John Mahama in October 2012. This fact didn’t matter to the president and the Council of state.
Justice Tanko Amadu was sworn in along with six other justices to the Court of Appeal at the Castle, Osu at the time along with Justices Mrs Avri Anin-Yeboah, Ms Margaret Welbourne, Ms Barbara F. Ackah-Yensu, Mrs Cecilia Hanzzy Sowah, Mrs Gertrude Torkonoo and Mr Saeed Kwaku Gyan.
They swore the oath of allegiance, the judicial oath and the oath of secrecy administered by then President Mahama.
The then Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, reminded the new justices that Ghanaians expected them to dispose of cases in a speedily and just manner.
Mrs. Justice Theodora Wood said the rules of engagement at the Court of Appeal were different from those at the high court but expressed the hope that they would learn from their seniors.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Mrs Justice Anin-Yeboah thanked the President, the Judicial Council and the Chief Justice for the honor done them.
She affirmed their commitment to administer justice “without fear or favor”.