The Senate has confirmed the appointment of the new service chiefs, following the consideration of the report of the Committee on Defence which recommended their confirmation.
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, referred the request of the President Muhammadu Buhari, for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the committee on Defence.
The committee, led by Senator, Aliyu Wamakko, was given two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary.
The Senate confirmed their appointments both at the committee and at plenary on Tuesday following the Wamakko report’s consideration
The new service chiefs are: Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao as Chief of Air staff.
They replaced 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 urged the new service chiefs to take the war to the bandits and insurgents and dislodge them in their strongholds.
He stated that “A situation whereby a group of people will go to a school and take over 300 students away on motorcycles is not acceptable.
“Kidnapping without a trace, is not acceptable. Something has to give because, apparently, this is becoming an industry, some people are benefiting from this and we have to unravel who these people are, and fight bandits and insurgents until we rescue our country.
“Let me also advise the Service Chiefs that there must be an interagency corporation. There must be an interagency corporation, the Army, Air Force and the Navy are supposed to have complimentary roles.
“We promise them and indeed Nigerians that we will support them in whatever way the parliament can come to their support.”