President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Rtd Justice Legbo Kutigi as the Chairman of the National Conference while Prof Bolaji Akinyemi was appointed as the Vice Chairman. Dr Nanadi Azenge is appointed as the Secretary of the Conference. The leadership of the conference is to commence work on Wednesday March 5, 2014
Justice Kutigi, who was born in Kutigi, in the then North-Western State (now located in the Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State) attended elementary school in that town and middle and secondary school in Bida. He then moved on to Government College (now known as Barewa College), and then to Ahmadu Bello University (both in Zaria, Kaduna State.) He left the country for England, where he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and the Gibson and Weldon College of Law, before returning to attend the Nigerian Law School in Lagos, Lagos State. Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before becoming a high court judge in 1976. He joined the Supreme Court in 1992 and served for ten years before President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to the position of Chief Justice to succeed the outgoing Salihu Alfa Belgore. Belgore retired on January 17 and Kutigi succeeded him on January 30, after being confirmed by the Senate. On Kutigi’s retirement on December 30, 2009, he swore in his successor, Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu. The President of Nigeria normally swears in the Chief Justice, but was not available due to illness.