Military heads set to face Senate checks

By Sanni Muhammed July 29, 2015 18:24

Military heads set to face Senate checks

Chukwuka Utazi, Senator representing Enugu North has expressed disappointment over the increasing spate of attacks by insurgents in major N/eastern towns especially after they were successfully repealed and dispersed prior to the General elections.

He aired this opinion during an interview on a programme “Focus Nigeria” on the African Independent Televison, AIT channel.

Chukwuka insisted that the Senate is prepared to grill and quiz the new Service Chiefs during the screening scheduled for Thursday July 29, 2015 and also revealed plans to engage high level security experts including top notch military consultants to help examine and analyze the nominated Service Chiefs.

    “We are going to grill them to know if these are the kind of people the President needs to fight Boko Haram.

“We want to know what made the Armed Forces to push away the insurgents before the election and why they are now entering major towns

“We are going to rely on consultants to get military information before we grill the Service Chiefs.

“America went to war because of one person, people are dying and they have to explain.”

He went on to stress that the Senate was interested in confirming proactive Military minds as Service Chiefs. The notion passed was that reactive strategies would not be condoned in the battle against insurgency from here on out.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 13, 2015 written to the Senate seeking confirmation of the appointment of the service chiefs.

The president appointed Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General T.Y. Buratai as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff.

He also appointed Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan as Chief of Defence Intelligence; Retired Major-General Babagana Monguno as National Security Adviser.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki during plenary announced that the Senate would commence screening of the newly appointed Service Chiefs on Thursday and urged all serving Senators to endeavour to be in attendance and to be prompt, adding that the screening would begin at 10 a.m.

In a letter read by the Saraki on the Senate floor, Buhari sought for the approval of the chiefs by the Senate in compliance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“In compliance with section 18 (1) of the armed forces Act (CAP820) laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward the names of the underlisted officers for the kind confirmation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The appointment of Monguno as the National Security Adviser alongside the service chiefs has raised objections amongst security experts who question the rationale behind his appointment.