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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, read a letter from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), urging the red chamber to confirm the immediate former chief of defence staff, and other service chiefs as ambassadors.
The nominees are, General Abayomi Olonisakin, the former service chiefs – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (Army), Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe (Navy); Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Air force).
The President in the letter also sought the confirmation of Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd) as a non-career ambassador-designate.
The request was contained in a letter dated 4th February, 2021.
Buhari said the appointment was duly carried out in accordance to section 171(1),(2)(c) and sub-section (4) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The former CDS and service chiefs, had on 26th January, 2021, tendered their resignation from the service of the military.
The President, following receipt and approval of their resignation, appointed a new CDS and service chiefs to replace them.
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The newly appointed CDS and Service Chiefs are, Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral AZ Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.