The names of Nigeria’s newly appointed Service Chiefs has been forwarded to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari has for consideration and approval.
Senator Babajide Omoworare, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
Omoworare said the transmission of the names was done in line with Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
He said that the information was contained in Buhari’s letter to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan dated 27th January 2021.
He said Buhari’s letter is meant to dispel insinuations that the President intends to bypass the National Assembly in the appointment of the Service Chiefs.
His words: “Contrary to fears expressed in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari has “bypassed” the National Assembly in the process of the appointment of the Service Chiefs and that he has no intention of seeking consideration and confirmation of their appointment, Mr. President, upon nomination for appointment, sought confirmation of the Senate for 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, vide his aforementioned letter.
“It is on record that this same procedure was adopted when the immediate past Service Chiefs were appointed.” He added.