- The nomination of the past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors continues to attract reactions
- A diasporan group has said the nomination is in order and should be applauded by all Nigerians
- The group also said that the nomination will aid in ending insurgency in Nigeria through operations of the military
A group, Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent appointment of the former chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (rtd), and other immediate past service chiefs as non-career diplomats.
The group in a statement signed by its secretary-general, Raymond Egule, and seen by Legit.ng said it is elated at the development.
The statement said that the nomination of the former military chiefs is a reward for hard work, diligence, and dedication during their days of active service.
Part of the statement read:
"They have prosecuted the war against terrorism to a point where what is needed is the buy-in of these identified strategic nations to starve off the foreign support that has sustained the terrorists’ insurgency.
"It is an interface that the country urgently needs to move the war against Boko Haram/ISWAP to the next phase of building international consensus against the terrorists."
The group also charged the nominees to again surpass the president's expectations and make the nation proud.
The statement added:
"While appreciating President Buhari for these strategic nominations and saluting his doggedness in identifying reputable citizens to serve the country, we urge the nominees to again surpass Mr. President’s expectations as they did with their just-concluded military assignments.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president had nominated the immediate past service chiefs as non-career Ambassadors-Designates.
Following the nomination, the names of the service chiefs were forwarded to the Nigerian Senate for screening by President Buhari.
Also, a group, Nigeria First had alleged that there are plans by some individuals and international organisations to launch a smear campaign against the immediate past chief of army staff.
According to the group, the report claiming the killing of some Igbo soldiers by the Nigerian army under the leadership of Buratai is false.