The Nigerian Senate confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominations for service chiefs on Tuesday.
The confirmation came after the Senate Committee on Defense delivered its report to the Senate plenary.
Senator Wamakko, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense and a former governor of Sokoto State, claimed in the study that the candidates who were named to replace the previous ones made themselves eligible for screening after the upper chamber passed a resolution on February 3, 2021.
According to him, the Committee was thorough in its screening in compliance with the relevant sections of the law, especially in regard to the tendering of their documents, which included “educational certificates, NYSC, Code of Conduct, and other documents.”
Senator Wamakko reminded the plenary that the nominees were already serving in an acting capacity under the Nigerian military’s founding statute, and that their immediate confirmation would fill any vacancies in the army.
“That the Senate receives and considers the report of the Committee on Defense on the approval of the appointments of the following individuals for appointment as Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Senate confirmed the following Service Chiefs after deliberation:
1. Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. General Lucky Eluonye Onyenucheya Irabor
2. Chief of Army Staff, Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru
3. Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo
4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao
Following the confirmation, Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan urged them to take the war against insurgents into the jungle.
Lawan claimed that the parliament will provide assistance, which he believes must be reciprocated by winning the war, and that kidnapping students from schools is no longer appropriate.