President Muhammadu Buhari has formally requested the confirmation of the Senate for the newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and service chiefs.
The President in the confirmation letter dated January 27, 2021 and addressed to the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, requested for Senate confirmation of the appointment of Major General Lucky Irabor, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao as Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff respectively.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, who made this disclosure on Friday in a release titled “Buhari seeks National Assembly’s confirmation of Service Chiefs “, said the President was seeking the upper chamber’s approval of the service Chiefs in line with provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
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Ijaw News had earlier reported how the President fired the previous service chiefs on the basis of their underperformance in the ongoing war against insurgency.
The service chiefs, who were first appointed in 2015, have come under immense criticism over their failure to check widespread insecurity across the country.
The president himself also faced criticism for extending the tenure of the service chiefs despite their failure to address insecurity.