In a session held on Thursday, the Senate confirmed the appointment of new Service Chiefs, following their nomination by President Bola Tinubu.
The Senate’s confirmation came after the motion for the confirmation of the shortlisted service chiefs was presented and approved by Senator Opeyemi Bamidela, the Senate Majority Leader representing the APC-Ekiti.
The appointed service chiefs are as follows: Major-General Christopher Musa as the Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Taoreed Lagbaja as the Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla as the Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Vice-Marshal Hassan Abubakar as the Chief of Air Staff.
To facilitate the proceedings, the Senate temporarily suspended its order 1b and rule 1b, allowing the admission of guests into the chamber. Among those admitted were Abdullahi Gumel, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), the nominated service chiefs, and other individuals.
During the session, each service chief had an opportunity to present their career profiles and professional experiences. Following these presentations, the Senate moved into a closed session that lasted for three hours to conduct the screening of the nominees.
Major-General Christopher Musa, the nominee for the Chief of Defence Staff, expressed his commitment to serving Nigerians in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution. He acknowledged that his nomination provided an opportunity to utilize his extensive experience for the security and protection of Nigerian lives and properties. Musa pledged to do his utmost to justify the trust placed in him.
Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the nominee for the Chief of Naval Staff, assured Nigerians that he would strive to elevate the existing standards. He emphasized his preparedness for the role and outlined his plans to enhance maritime security through the improvement of current strategies and the development of new ones. Ogalla also expressed his intent to collaborate with other services to safeguard the nation’s waterways and implement continuous monitoring and surveillance for optimal results.
Air Vice-Marshal Hassan Abubakar, the nominee for the Chief of Air Staff, pledged to utilize the nation’s air power to ensure peace and security in alignment with the aspirations of the president. While acknowledging the efforts of previous air force leaders, Abubakar stressed the need for further measures to revitalize the fighting capabilities of the Nigerian Air Force.
President Bola Tinubu had written a letter addressed to the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, seeking the Senate’s approval to confirm the appointed service chiefs. This request was made in accordance with Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004. The letter was read during the plenary session held on Tuesday.
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