- The new service chiefs were on Friday, March 5, given their ceremonial recognition as Nigeria's military heads
- The appointees were also decorated by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja
- This is coming a few days after their confirmation by the Senate on Tuesday, March 2
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 5, decorated the newly appointed service chiefs in the council chamber at the State House, Abuja.
Those who received this official honour from President Buhari were Major General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, who is decorated as full General; Major General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Army Staff decorated with the rank of Lieutenant-General.
Moreover, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo is decorated as Vice Admiral, while the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amao is decorated with the rank of Air Marshal.
This came days after the Senate confirmed the service chiefs' appointment by the president.
Earlier, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, referred the request of President Buhari for the confirmation of new service chiefs to the joint committee on Army, Navy, and Air Force for necessary screening.
Legit.ng reported that Lawan gave the committee two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to Senate in plenary.
The service chiefs were to replace their predecessors: the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Lawan also directed the committee on foreign affairs to screen the immediate past service chiefs who had been appointed by Buhari as career ambassadors. The panel was asked to conclude its assignments and submit its report within two weeks.
Also, the House of Representatives commenced screening for the new heads of the armed forces.
According to Hon. Babajimi Benson, the House would give the service chiefs all the required support to succeed in their assignments, if confirmed.
Benson, chairman of the committee on defence and chairman of the ad-hoc committee screening the service chiefs, said the exercise is backed by law.
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