KanyiDaily recalls that on Tuesday, the Senate confirmed all the nominated former Service Chiefs as non-career ambassadors, ignoring the petitions and complaints against the nominees.
Those confirmed include former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; and the former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.
Others are former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and the former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman.
Reacting in a statement issued on Wednesday by Kelvin Ebiri, his spokesman, Wike wondered why the same Senate which called for the sack of the ex-service chiefs would still go ahead to confirm them for another job.Sen
“Most Nigerians are disappointed with the national assembly for confirming sacked service chiefs as ambassadors,” he said.
“I wonder why senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the service chiefs, will sit to clear them for another appointment.
“Let me use this opportunity to express the dismay of most Nigerians to the senate. Convey this to the senate. We must be courageous in whatever we are doing. Everything must not be party affairs.
“You (senators) sat and discussed that they should dismiss the service chiefs. You said they’re not performing.
“Now, the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as ambassadors. What kind of country are we in? In anything we do, we must remember that there is tomorrow and our conscience must be key,” he added.
KanyiDaily had reported that the former service chiefs were retired from service a few weeks ago, after occupying their positions for almost six years.