Buhari writes Senate, seeks confirmation of Yahaya as COAS


President Muhammadu Buhari has formerly requested the 9th Nigerian Senate to confirm the appointment of Farouk Yahaya as the substantive Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

His request is contained in a letter he wrote to the red chamber and read out by President of the upper legislative chamber, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday.

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His demand, which he said is in compliance with the provisions of Section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act 2004, came less than a week after he announced Mr Yahaya as a replacement for the deceased Army chief Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash last month.

“In compliance with the provisions of section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he wrote.

“His CV is herewith attached. It is my hope that the Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner,” part of the letter read.

The epistle will now be forwarded to appropriate Senate committee for screening and possible confirmation.

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