Senate Confirms Ex Service Chiefs as Non-Career Ambassadors

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of the immediate past service chiefs as non career ambassadors while urging the Executive arm of government to post them to countries where they can be useful especially in Nigeria's war on insurgency and banditry.

The confirmation followed the presentation of the committee on foreign affairs which screened the nominees namely; General Abayomi Olonishakin (retired), Liuetenat General Tukur Buratai (retired), Vice Admiral Ibok Etta Ibas (retired), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retired) and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman (retired).

Chairman of the committee, Senator Muhammed Bulkachuwa while presenting the report on the floor of the Senate during plenary, said the five nominees performed satisfactorily during the screening exercise while also noting that some petitions against them were dismissed.

However, minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe had earlier objected to the confirmation of the ex service chiefs, insisting that the Senate had on several occasions called for their  removal while they were serving.

Senate President quickly countered the position of the minority leader, stating that the Senate only called for their removal as service chiefs and not for any other position which might be assigned to them thereafter.



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