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Tinubu’s Urgent Plea: Confirm Service Chiefs, Urges Reps to Act

President Bola Tinubu Seeks Confirmation of Newly Appointed Service Chiefs

President Bola Tinubu has formally requested that the House of Representatives confirm the appointment of the newly appointed service chiefs. This comes after Tinubu removed all service chiefs in Nigeria and appointed new ones on June 19, 2023, just three weeks after his inauguration. The President’s letter seeking confirmation of the heads of security agencies was read by Speaker Abass Tajudeen at Thursday’s plenary.

A Fresh Start for Nigeria’s Security Agencies

In an unprecedented shakeup, President Tinubu made significant changes to the country’s security apparatus. Notable among those affected were Alkali Usman, who was removed as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Lucky Irabor, who was sacked as the Chief of Defence Staff, Faruk Yahaya, who retired as the Chief of Army Staff, Awwal Gambo, who was removed as the Chief of Naval Staff, and Isiaka Amao, who retired as Chief of Air Staff.

The President wasted no time in appointing new service chiefs, including Maj. Gen. C.G Musa as the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. Gen T. A Lagbaja as the Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral E. A Ogalla as the Chief of Naval Staff, AVM H.B Abubakar as the Chief of Air Staff, IGP Kayode Egbetokun as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, and Maj. Gen. EPA Undiandeye as the Chief of Defense Intelligence.

To further strengthen the security of the nation, Tinubu also named a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, as the new National Security Adviser (NSA). Ribadu replaced Babagana Monguno in this important position.

It is worth noting that the appointments of the new service chiefs and the National Security Adviser were made on an acting basis, pending confirmation by the National Assembly.

Addressing the Nation’s Security Challenges

President Tinubu’s decision to revamp the security architecture of Nigeria was driven by persistent calls from civil society organizations. The alarming number of killings by terrorists, bandits, and armed gangs during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, from May 2015 to May 2023, created a pressing need for change. Over 55,000 Nigerians fell victim to these acts of violence, leading to widespread criticism of Buhari’s handling of the nation’s security.

In his inaugural speech, Tinubu, who succeeded Buhari on May 29, 2023, vowed to defend the nation against terror and all forms of criminality. Promising to reform the security doctrine and its architecture, the new President expressed his commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the country.

Temporary Suspension of Key Positions

Prior to the reshuffling of the security agencies, Tinubu had temporarily suspended Abdulrasheed Bawa as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Godwin Emefiele as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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