Lawan shuns Abaribe, confirms Buratai, others as ambassadors

The appointment of General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.) (Ekiti); Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.) (Borno) and other former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors-designate has been confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday.

Others confirmed include Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retd.) (Cross River; Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar(retd.) (Bauchi); and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (retd.) (Kano).

They were confirmed after an attempt by the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, to draw the attention of his colleagues to a petition against their confirmation was stopped by the President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

Senator Lawan noted that the confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa.


The former service chiefs sit before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for the screening.

President, Ahmad Lawan, had on February 10, directed the Committee on Foreign Affairs to screen the ex-service chiefs.

Abaribe, however, asked Bulkachuwa to explain why the petition against them was dismissed but Lawan responded that the petition lacked merit.

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