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Buratai, Olonisakin get Letters of Credence, posted to Cameroon, Benin

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Former Service Chiefs, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (retd.) and Chief of Defence staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (retd.), have been presented with Letters of Credence by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama.

Mr. Onyeama made the presentation to the former Service Chiefs Wednesday morning on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the Letters of Credence, General Buratai was appointed as the Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Benin, while General Olonisakin is the Ambassador-Designate to Cameroon.

During the presentation ceremony, Onyeama congratulated them on their appointment by and charged them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest in their various countries of accreditation.

It could be recalled that President Buhari had on February 4, 2021, forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate.

In a letter to Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, President of the Senate, the President said:

“In accordance with section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed five (5) names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate.”

The nominees were: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd ), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd).

The President urged the Senate to give expeditious consideration to the nominations.

They were confirmed by the Senate on February 23, 2021 despite public outcry.

In the meantime, the former Chief of Air staff, Ibok Ibias and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique are still awaiting their posting.

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