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Buhari Writes Senate, Seeks Confirmation Of Service Chiefs


*As Senate Moves To Constitute Standing Committees

Ayodele Afoabi, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm the appointment of Service Chiefs.

Buhari in a letter, which was read by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the request was in accordance with the provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on the 13th of this month, appointed Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin as Chief of Defence Staff and Major-General Tukur Buratai as Chief of Army Staff.

He also appointed Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff and Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan as Chief of Defence Intelligence.Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) was equally appointed as National Security Adviser.

Confirmation of appointments of the Service Chiefs may be done by the entire senate today since there are no relevant senate standing committees yet for that purpose at committee level.

Meanwhile, the process of setting up the 57 Senate’s standing committees has been put in motion with announcement from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki that each of the 98 other senators excluding the ten principal officers, should fill forms already forwarded to them, to indicate five committees their qualifications, professions and experiences tally with.

He told them to submit the forms to the Senate leader, Ali Ndume (APC Yobe South), latest by Tuesday next week.




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