By Ishaku Yohanna
President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of the immediate past service chiefs, as well as the Chief of Defence Intelligence, to the Senate to be confirmed as non-career ambassadors-designate.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday titled “President Buhari nominates Olonisakin, Buratai, Ibas, Abubakar, Usman as non-career ambassadors.”
Adesina said their names have been sent to the Senate for confirmation.
The statement read, “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 nominations.”
It would be recalled that the former service chiefs, were retired from service just last week Tuesday, after occupying their positions for almost six years.