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How can we confirm ex-service chiefs we called for their sack? Abaribe questions Senate


The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, on Tuesday, questioned the nomination and confirmation of the former service chiefs.

Senator Abaribe raised the objection while speaking during plenary on Tuesday when the confirmation of the former service chiefs was considered in the upper legislative chamber.

He recalled that the Senate had on three different occasions called for the sack of the affected officials,

He then wondered how the same body will confirm the former service chiefs it called for their sack.

Senator Abaribe also questioned why the petitions against the former service chiefs were dismissed without explanations.

However, reacting to the objections raised by Senator Abaribe, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan dismissed his concerns.

Senator Lawan held that the nomination of the former service chiefs cannot be nullified just because the upper chamber called for their sack.

He stressed that this is totally a different assignment and stopped any further debate on the matter.

He said the former service chiefs served the country to the best of their abilities and asked them to be useful wherever they will be posted to.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, on February 4, nominated the immediate past service chiefs for ambassadorial appointments.

In a State House press release, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina disclosed that President Buhari has forwarded their names as non-career ambassadors-designate.

The letter, addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, reads in part:

“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.”

President Buhari appealed to the Senate to give expeditious consideration to the nominations.

On Tuesday, February 23, the former service chiefs were confirmed by the Senate as non-career ambassadors-designate, leading to Abaribe’s objections.

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