The Senate has confirmed the appointment of the new service chiefs made nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The upper legislative chamber confirmed the service chiefs following the consideration of the screening report presented by Senator Aliyu Wamako, Chairman of the National Assembly Joint Committees on army, navy and air force, on Tuesday.
The service chiefs are Major-General Lucky lrabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao, Chief of Air staff.
According to Wamakko, the nominees met the requirements expected of them.
He said no petition was received against the nominated persons.
He said: “We asked questions covering a wide range of subjects – on ethics; Nigeria’s war on terror and the role of the military in politics.
“Their nominations are in line with the constitution. The committee did not receive any petition against them. That they are experienced public servants.
“The nominees were articulate in their responses to questions by the committee.”
Following the presentation of the report, Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, put the nominations to a voice vote, which was confirmed by the majority of the senators.
President Buhari had in January appointed the new service chiefs following the resignation and subsequent retirement of their predecessors.
However, a number of senior lawyers had opposed the announcement of the new service chiefs by the president, insisting that a 2013 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, mandates the military leaders to be screened by the National Assembly before their appointment.
Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labour and Employment, who filed the lawsuit in 2013, also stated that the judgment of the court must be followed as it has not been set aside.
Subsequently, the president in a letter dated 27 January, forwarded the names of the new service chiefs to the National Assembly for confirmation.