- Nigeria's new service chiefs are yet to be confirmed two weeks after their appointment was announced
- In light of this, President Buhari is seeking the confirmation of his new appointees
- A panel has been established by the Nigerian House of Reps to screen the nominees
- Members of the ad-hoc committee are to be drawn from different panels including the defence, army, navy, and Airforce
An ad-hoc committee made up of 20 members was on Wednesday, February 10, set up by the House of Reps to screen the new service chiefs following President Muhammadu Buhari's request for their confirmation.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed this as he named Babajimi Benson, the chairman of House Committee on defence as the head of the panel.
Legit.ng gathered that Gbajabiamila read a letter addressed to him from the Nigerian leader during the plenary of the lower chamber.
According to a report by Daily Trust, the panel made of five members each from the committees on defence, army, navy, and airforce will be headed by
Gbajabiamila stated that the president in the letter is seeking the confirmation of the appointment in accordance with section 171(1),(2)(c) & sub-section (4) of the 1999 constitution.
Senate orders panels to screen new service chiefs
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, February 10, referred the request of President Buhari for the confirmation of new service chiefs, to the joint committees on Army, Navy, and Air force for necessary screening.
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, gave the committees two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to Senate in plenary.
Lawan also directed the committee on foreign affairs to screen the immediate past service chiefs who had been appointed by Buhari, as career ambassadors.
PDP rejects nomination of ex-service chiefs
In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party has said it is abominable for President Buhari to nominate the immediate past service chiefs for ambassadorial appointments.
The party accused the president of trying to use the appointment as a ploy to shield the former military officers from prosecution over their alleged role in extrajudicial killings in the country. Read more: