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General Attahiru Tells Reps To Invite Ex-Service Chiefs Over Arms Procurement
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General Attahiru Tells Reps To Invite Ex-Service Chiefs Over Arms Procurement

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has told the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee investigating the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria to invite his predecessors to shed more light on the arms procurement. Attahiru stated this on Monday, in Abuja when he appeared before the Ad hoc committee investigating arms purchase in the last ten years. Though he did not mention any name, his predecessors during the year under review included, Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd) who was the COAS between September 2010 – January 2014, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah (rtd) who was the COAS between January 2014 – July 2015 and Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd). Attahiru said he was ea...
Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru
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Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru

The Nigerian Senate has explained why the upper legislative chamber ignored petitions and complaints against former service chiefs and hurriedly confirmed their ambassadorial nominations. The former military commanders whose appointment were confirmed are: the former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique. They resigned late January and were immediately replaced with Leo Irabor, new Chief of Defence Staff; I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; A.Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and I.O. Amao, Chief of Air Force. Days after leaving office, the International Criminal Court (ICC) acknowledged petitions against them for their alleged sadistic conducts ...
Buratai, Olonisakin, Ex-Service Chiefs To Forfeit Salaries As Ambassadors
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Buratai, Olonisakin, Ex-Service Chiefs To Forfeit Salaries As Ambassadors

The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.), former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.); and the two other retired service chiefs would serve as ambassadors for the country without salaries, according to the 2017 revised military conditions of service. SaharaReporters confirmed that the 2017 Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Officers stipulate that Buratai, Olonisakin, former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (retd.) and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.), would not get salaries from any public office they hold, so that they could be entitled to their military retirement benefits. President Muhammadu Buhari had on February 4 announced the nomination of the immediate past servi...
Confirmation Of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors A Betrayer Of Trust – Timi Frank
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Confirmation Of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors A Betrayer Of Trust – Timi Frank

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Wednesday, condemned the Senate’s confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs as ambassadors in strong terms. Frank in a statement in Abuja, described the approval given by the upper chamber to the same ex-military top shots it had severally rejected and called for their sack over incompetence as a gross betrayal of the people’s trust. The Bayelsa-born political activist insisted that the action of the Senate smacks of raising personal gain above the wishes and aspirations of the generality of Nigerians who have spoken out strongly against the wrongful and ill-advised nomination of the ex-military leaders as ambassadors by President Muhammadu Buhari. He described the...
Insecurity: Why We Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram – Ex-Service Chiefs
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Insecurity: Why We Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram – Ex-Service Chiefs

All the immediate past Service Chiefs who appeared on Thursday for screening as non-career ambassadorial nominees were united in their lamentations for insecurity in the country which got worsened under their watch from November 2015 to January 2021. This is even as the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt – General Yusuf Tukur Buratai (rtd), declared that it may take Nigeria 20 years for total elimination of Boko Haram insurgency. They were all screened by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. First to lament the worsening security situation in the country was the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), who attributed the problem to the over 1,000 forest reserves in the country not well managed and secured by respective state gover...
Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening
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Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening

The immediate past service chiefs have arrived at the Senate for their screening as ambassadorial nominees. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on February 10, directed the Committee on Foreign Affairs to confirm General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd); Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd); Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd); Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar(retd); and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd) as non-career ambassadors-designate to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The service chiefs arrived at the Senate around 11am for the screening. Members of the panel, led by Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa, held a 15-minute closed-session before commencing the screening.
Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation
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Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation

A group, Society For Development (SFD), has charged the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to confirm the names of the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors following their nomination by President Buhari. The SFD gave the charge in via letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday. The letter was titled, “PETITION AGAINST THE NON CAREER AMBASSADORIAL NOMINATION OF LT. GENERAL TUKUR BURATAI RTD, AND OTHER IMMEDIATE PAST SERVICE CHIEFS”. In the letter signed by Mr Akintunde Bello Sheriff, Coordinator, Society For Development (SFD), the group called on the Senate President to confirm Lt. General Buratai Rtd and other former service chiefs who have been nominated as non-career ambassadors without hesitation, saying the nominees performed well in securing the country during their se...
US, UK Won’t Accept Buratai, Ex-service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Ex-NIIA DG
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US, UK Won’t Accept Buratai, Ex-service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Ex-NIIA DG

Former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has the right to nominate all the service chiefs who were changed last week as non-career ambassadors. Akinterinwa, however, said there was no assurance that countries like the United States and the United Kingdom who had accused the service chiefs of crimes against humanity would accept the former service chiefs as diplomats. He spoke on a PUNCH Online interview on Thursday. Earlier, the Presidency on Thursday said the names of the ex-military commanders were sent to the Senate for confirmation. The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd), Air...
Buhari Nominates Buratai, Olonisakin, Ibas, Abubakar, Usman As Ambassadors
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Buhari Nominates Buratai, Olonisakin, Ibas, Abubakar, Usman As Ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate. In a letter to Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, President of the Senate, the President said: “In accordance with section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed five (5) names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate.” The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd ), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd). The President urged the Senate to give expeditious consideration to the nomination...
Buratai, Ex-Service Chiefs Failed Because They Were Involved In Politics – Wike
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Buratai, Ex-Service Chiefs Failed Because They Were Involved In Politics – Wike

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike on Sunday said the former Service Chiefs failed to achieve much in securing Nigeria because they were fully involved in politics. President Muhammadu Buhari had last week retired the former Service Chiefs which include Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. They were replaced with Major-General LEO Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff. Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics’, Wike said when security is politicised as done by the o...
Buhari Satisfied With Performance Of Ex-service Chiefs – Femi Adesina
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Buhari Satisfied With Performance Of Ex-service Chiefs – Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, says President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with the performance of the service chiefs he replaced on Tuesday. Adesina, who said this when he appeared on Channels TV, added that the president replaced them because he “just felt it was time to have fresh energy.” The president replaced the service chiefs who have been in office three months into his first term in 2015. During the television programme, Adesina said: “The fact that they (the service chiefs) had to leave today does not mean that they have failed. “The president in the statement we issued also commended the outgoing service chiefs for their contributions in engendering a safer country. “That shows that by and large, he was satisfied with their performances and he just fe...

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