July 13, 2023

Senate confirms appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs 

…Seeing visitors off from the Chamber after Screening, very embarrassing,  Senator  Ndume 

By Henry  Umoru 

THE Senate has confirmed  the appointment  of Chief of Defence  Staff  and Service Chiefs appointed  by President  Bola Tinubu.

The top security Chiefs that were confirmed on Thursday  are Major General Christopher G Musa as Chief of Defence Staff; Major General T.A Lagbaja as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla as  Chief Naval Staff and Air Vice Marshal H. B. Abubakar as  Chief of Air Staff.

Prior to the confirmation, the  Service  Chiefs  went into a closed door session  where the  Senators  engaged them from 12.42pm to 2.59pm.

To begin the process, the Service  Chiefs  arrived the National Assembly Complex at about 10.00am  for an appointment that was slated for 11.00am.

They were still outside the Chamber until the President  of the Senate, Godswill  Akpabío acknowledged their presence during the plenary.

After their presence were acknowledged  through a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Michael Bamidele Opeyemi, Senate President suspended Order their  Order 60 in the Senate  Standing  Orders 2022 as Amended to enable the Chamber attend to them.

Opeyemi said: “That the Senate do consider the request of Mr President and Commander-in -Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the confirmation of the nomination of Service Chiefs.”

At this point, the Senior  Special  Assistant to President  Bola  Tinubu  on National  Assembly  Matters( Senate), Senator  Abdullahi Gumel ushered the Service Chiefs  to the hallowed  chamber.

Thereafter, the visitors to the Senate  were given two minutes each  to introduce themselves before the Chamber dissolved into a Committee of the whole behind closed doors at 12. 42pm.

Recall  that President  Tinubu  had on Tuesday  written  the Senate,  seeking for the screening and subsequent  confirmation  of the new Chief of Defence  Staff  and service chiefs. 

The request was contained in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate,  Senator  Godswill Akpabio. Akpabio  who read the letter  during Plenary, said that the request was in line with the Act establishing the Armed Forces.