The Oasis Reporters
May 23, 2019
Nigeria’s former Director General, Centre For Women Development, Ms Onyeka Onyenu has expressed joy that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa recused herself from presiding over the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Ms Onyenu represented former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, at the reception honouring Justice Bulkachuwa’s elevation at the Court of Appeal in 2014.
She said in a statement made available to The Oasis Reporters, “Dame Patience Jonathan fought hard for her elevation and we were all very proud of another milestone for womanhood, in a society that still does not quite appreciate the power and role of women in all spheres of our national life at the time I served as DG, National Center for women development.
I am glad that Justice Bulkachuwa has done the right thing by withdrawing herself from the Atiku Abubakar /PDP Petition.”
Ms Onyeka Onyenu, a filmmaker, singer, former United Nations staff in New York has continued in advocacy for informed choices in the lives of youths. Her duet (‘Wait For Me’) with Yoruba juju music maestro, Sunny Ade singing in Nigeria’s pidgin English (street language) asking youths not to rush into relationships until they are emotionally, physically and financially ready continues to receive rave reviews all over the country and beyond.
Justice Zainab was born in Gombe State, March 1950 and was called to the bar in 1976 but was appointed to the bench of the Nigerian Courts of Appeals as Justice in 1998. Prior to that appointment, she was a Judge at the High Court of Bauchi State.
On April 17, 2014, then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan appointed her as President of the Nigerian Courts of Appeals and was sworn-in by Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria and first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.