he Nigerian Senate has confirmed the immediate past service chiefs of the country as non-career ambassadors.
NaijaOnPoint.com (TNG) reports the confirmation followed a report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs presented by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa.
The former service chiefs confirmed as non-career ambassadors are General Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd) – Ekiti State, Lt. General Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd) – Borno State, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete E. Ibas (Rtd) – Cross River State, Air Marshal Sadique B. Abubakar (Rtd) – Bauchi State and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd) – Kano State.
However, the confirmation of the non-career ambassadors did not come without controversy on the Senate floor as some Senators argued against confirmation of the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
Especially, some of the Senators argued that the nomination of the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors by President Muhammadu Buhari should be nullified.
In that regard, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said: “I checked our resolutions and in some of our resolutions, we said the President should change, replace and remove them as Service Chiefs. They have been removed which I think it’s a plus for this Senate.
“Now if they are nominated for something that is different, I think our resolutions asking for their removal as Service Chiefs does not crossover to their nomination. On that call, the nominations cannot be nullified because we said they should be changed”.
The Senate then resolved into the Committee of the Whole to consider the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Confirmation of the Nomination of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassador-Designate before reverting to plenary to confirm the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
“These nominees that we have just confirmed are nominees that have served this country to the best of their ability. Our appeal to the Executive is to make sure they use their experiences as military men to the best.
“We wish them a very successful career in their capacity as Non-Career Ambassadors,” Senate President Lawan said thereafter.