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President Buhari’s Service Chief picks face confirmation grilling at the House of Reps

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President Buhari’s Service Chief picks face confirmation grilling at the House of Reps

By Azuka Christopher

WED 17 FEB, 2021-theGBJournal- A Federal House of Representatives Special Committee Wednesday began confirmation hearing for the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the three Service Chiefs designate appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

The House Special Committee was constituted exactly a week ago following a letter of nomination addressed to Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila by the President pursuant to the provisions of section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, Cap A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The grilling panel is headed by the Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Rep. Babajide Benson, with chairmen of the committee on Army, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas, Navy, Rep Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, and Air Force, Rep. Shehu Koko as co-chairmen.

‘’I can assure you that the nominees will be grilled on questions covering a wide range of subjects,’’ says Babajimi Benson at the opening of the hearing.

‘’Areas in which they will be questioned include professional skill and experience, Nigeria’s war on terror and insurgency and security in general, funding of the military and strategic security knowledge and vision of the nominees as well as welfare of military personnel.’’

The newly appointed CDS, Major General Lucky E.O. Irabor, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Auwal Zubair Gambo and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Isiaka Oladayo Amao, were subjected to the screening by members of the Special Committee at the closed-door session held at the National Assembly.

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