- President Buhari has written a letter to the leadership of the Senate to screen and confirm Major General Farouq Yahaya as the new COAS
- The former occupier of the seat died alongside 10 other military officers on Friday, May 21, in a plane crash
- Yahaya would continue to perform in an acting capacity until his confirmation by the upper legislative chamber
FCT, Abuja - Barely five days after his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Major General Farouk Yahaya to the Senate for screening and confirmation, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the president's request was contained in a letter he sent to the Senate and read on Tuesday, June 1, by the president of the upper chamber, Ahmad Lawan.
This Day also reports that President Buhari had named Major General Yahaya of Course 37 as the acting COAS following the demise of Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru in a NAF aircraft that crashed in Kaduna on Friday, May 21.
Presidency explains why Buhari appointed Yahaya as new COAS
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government disclosed the rationale behind President Buhari’s appointment of Major General Yahaya as the new COAS.
It was reported that the government made the clarification via the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Salihi-Magashi (rtd) in a statement issued on Friday, May 28.
The statement issued by the minister's spokesman, Mohammad Abdulkadri, said President Buhari's choice was fuelled by patriotism and the need for national cohesion.
The defence minister also expressed optimism in the professional pedigree of the COAS in sustaining the trajectory of taking offensive and aggressive campaigns to the camps, corridors, and cells of Nigeria's adversaries with a view to obliterating them.
Major General Farouq Yahaya's appointment is laudable
In a related report, a group, Nigeria First, commended President Buhari over his choice of Yahaya as the new chief of army staff.
The group in a statement signed by its vice-president, Leonard Aluor, said the appointment of Yahaya as a successor to the late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru who died in an ill-fated air crash is applaudable.
Aluor said Yahaya's appointment is evidence of the president's commitment to the war against insurgency and insecurity across Nigeria.
He noted that the track record of the new service chief was that of dedication to the duty he was called to serve and passion for Nigeria.
According to him, the new chief of army staff was urged to accept his appointment as a call to serve.