Senate confirms nomination of former service chiefs as ambassadors

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of the immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.

The confirmation of the nominees followed consideration of the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The former Service Chiefs confirmed are: General Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd), Ekiti; Lt. General Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Borno; Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete E. Ibas (Rtd), Cross River; and Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar (Rtd), Bauchi.

Also confirmed was Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd), Kano.

Though Senate Minority Leader Enyinaya Abaribe faulted this by questioning the nomination and confirmation of the ex-service chiefs when the Senate had on three different occasions called for their sack and also wondered why the petitions against the former service chiefs were dismissed without explanations, Senate President Ahmad Lawan maintained that their confirmation cannot be held back because they are on a different assignment.

Lawan who further stopped further debate on the case, added that the former service chiefs had served the country to the best of their abilities.

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