The newly appointed Service Chiefs are to appear before the Senate for confirmation said the Presidency on Friday.
In a statement issued to that effect, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, said President Muhamnadu Buhari had already forwarded letter of request for the confirmation to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has communicated the appointment of the Service Chiefs to the National Assembly and has sought for the confirmation of the said appointment by the Senate, through his letter to the Senate President dated January 27, 2021.
“This was done in furtherance of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
“Contrary to fears expressed in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari has “bypassed” the National Assembly in the process of the appointment of the Service Chiefs and that he has no intention of seeking consideration and confirmation of their appointment, Mr. President, upon nomination for appointment, sought confirmation of the Senate for the appointment of Major General Lucky Irabor, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao as Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff respectively, vide his aforementioned letter.
“It is on record that this same procedure was adopted when the immediate past Service Chiefs were appointed. Upon announcement of the appointment of the then Service Chiefs – Major General Abayomi Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff), Major General Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff), Rear Admiral Ibok-Efe Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff) and Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff), Mr. President had written the 8th Senate on July 14, 2015, for confirmation.
“Whilst the correspondence was read on the floor of the Senate on July 28, 2015, consideration and confirmation of the appointments was carried out at the Committee of the Whole on August 4, 2015.”
“The National Assembly will only resume plenary sessions on February 9, 2021, when, hopefully, Mr. President’s communication for consideration and confirmation of the nominations for appointment of the Service Chiefs would be considered,” the statement read in part.