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Senate Swiftly Confirms Nomination Of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors

The Senate has swiftly confirmed the nomination of the immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors, despite the controversy their appointment had generated and pending petitions against them.

They were confirmed on Tuesday during plenary.

Those confirmed are former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; and the former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.

Others are former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and the former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman.

The Senate Minority Leader Enyinaya Abaribe, however, questioned the nomination and confirmation of the ex-service chiefs when the Senate had on three different occasions called for their sack.

He also took exception to the dismissal of the petitions against the former service chiefs without explanations.

However, Senate President Ahmad Lawan countered by saying that the nomination of the former service chiefs cannot be nullified simply because the upper chamber had called for their sack.

Intriguingly Mr. Lawan promptly stopped any further debate on the matter, expressing the view that the former service chiefs have served the country to the best of their abilities.

He asked the presidency to utilise their experiences as much as possible and they should be posted to countries where they will be useful.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in February nominated the immediate past service chiefs, rated poorly by majority of Nigerians, as ambassadors.

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