The senate on Tuesday confirmed former chief of defence staff General Abayomi Olonisakin, chief of army staff Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, chief of naval staff Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas, chief of air staff Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and chief of defence intelligence Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman, as as non-career ambassadors-designate.
The plenary considered the report of the senate committee on foreign affairs, chaired by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa.
Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe’s attempt to draw the attention of his colleagues to a petition against their confirmation was stopped by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
Abaribe had asked Bulkachuwa to explain why the petition against them was dismissed but Lawan said the petition lacked merit.
President Muhammadu Buhari on February 4, 2021, a week after their sack as service chiefs, appointed them as a non-career ambassadors.