The National Assembly has said that it will not cut short its recess for the sake of confirming the newly appointed service chiefs.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, disclosed that the extended recess was for the NASS to attend to a national issue.
He said, “The senate will not cut short its recess to confirm the new service chiefs. There is nothing urgent about it.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Babajide Omoworare, said the President has written to the senate to confirm the service chiefs.
Omoworare said, “President Buhari has communicated the appointment of the service chiefs to the National Assembly and has sought for the confirmation of the said appointment by the Senate through his letter to the Senate President dated January 27, 2021. This was done in furtherance of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
“Contrary to fears expressed in some quarters that President Buhari has bypassed the National Assembly in the process of appointment of the service chiefs and that he has no intention of seeking consideration and confirmation of their appointment, Mr. President upon nomination for appointment sought confirmation of the Senate for the appointment of Major General Lucky Irabor, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao as Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff respectively, vide his aforementioned letter.”