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We Will Not Cut Short Recess To Confirm Service Chiefs – Senate

Following the sacking and replacement of the Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this week, the House of Senate had said that the Senate House was not consulted before the appointment of the Service Chiefs.

President Buhari had written a letter to the National Assembly to seek for the confirmation of the newly appointed Service Chiefs.

According to reports, The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Babajide Omoworare, revealed this in a statement on the 29th of January, 2021.

He made it known that the president is seeking the approval of the legislative arm after nominating the service chiefs, in a letter he wrote to the National Assembly on the 27th of January 2021.

However, the chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Ajibola Basiru has made it known in a report, that they cannot cut short their current recess to confirm the appointment of the newly appointed service chiefs.

According to him, “The Senate will not cut short its recess to confirm the new service chiefs. There is nothing urgent about it. The National Assembly postponed its resumption to enable our colleagues to participate in an exercise which is also of national importance”.

In addition, The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Babajide Omoworare has revealed that “Before this administration, confirmation of service chiefs were not sought and obtained from the National Assembly in consonance with the provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 LFN. We are aware that in Keyamo Vs. President & Ors, the Federal High Court set aside the Armed Forces Modification Order 2008 (purportedly made under Section 315 [2) of the Constitution) on July 1, 2013, and ruled that the confirmation of the National Assembly must be sought for the appointment of the Service Chiefs. We are in compliance with the spirit and letters of both the statute and case law”.

The SSA added that,  “It will be recalled that the National Assembly will only resume plenary sessions on February 9, 2021 when hopefully Mr. President’s communication for consideration and confirmation of the nomination for appointment of the service chiefs would be undertaken”.

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