- President Buhari is not appointing new service chiefs without legislative approval
- This was disclosed by the president's aide on National Assembly matters, Babajide Omoworare
- According to the aide, President Buhari has written the National Assembly for the confirmation of the new security heads
Days after appointing new service chiefs, President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly, seeking their confirmation.
Premium Times reports that this was disclosed in a statement signed by the president's special adviser on National Assembly matters, Babajide Omoworare, and released on Friday, January 29.
Legit.ng gathers that the president's letter was dated Wednesday, January 27.
Recall that the presidency announced the appointment of the service chiefs on Tuesday, January 26.
In the statement, Omoworare also addressed the speculations that President Buhari bypassed the National Assembly in the process of appointing the new service chiefs.
The presidential aide explained that Buhari upon nomination for the appointment of the service chiefs sought confirmation of the Senate via the aforementioned letter.
Appointment of new service chiefs illegal, Falana says
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Femi Falana (SAN) rejected the appointment of the new service chiefs.
According to him, the president cannot appoint them without the concurrence of the National Assembly.
The senior lawyer backed up his claim by citing a court judgment during Goodluck Jonathan's administration.
Martins Smart said on Facebook:
"Chai, so without Falana pointing out this, he wouldn't have written, even the Senate too wouldn't have acted. Please it's time to concession the leadership of this country."
Light Ganagana said:
"In other words, Buratai's handing over ceremony was done in futility. What a blunder and suppression of due process!"
Esom Chi said:
"After people has faulted the appointment now the people piloting Nigeria under the guise of Buhari remembered that there is NASS"
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Wednesday, January 27, declared that the appointment of the new service chiefs by President Buhari would not automatically end the security challenges in the country.
The NEF made its stance known in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by its spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.
The forum also advised the president to summon a meeting of governors and security chiefs to de-escalate the recent tension in the southwest region of the country.
In other news, a former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, has said that President Buhari made a well-informed decision in his choice of new service chiefs.
Shettima, on Thursday, January 28, claimed that this set of national security heads will eventually win the war against terrorism in the country provided it gets the needed support and cooperation from citizens.
The senator representing Borno Central said having had sound knowledge of the proficiency of each of the new service chiefs, he is optimistic that they will end the reign of Boko Haram, especially in the state.