– Governor Wike has reacted to the Senate’s confirmation of former service chiefs as ambassadors
– The Rivers state governor said Nigerians are disappointed in the Red Chamber for confirming the appointments
– Wike said the senators who had earlier agreed with Nigerians that the ex-service chiefs were not performing shouldn’t have confirmed them for another appointment
Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has said Nigerians are disappointed in the Senate for confirming the immediate past service chiefs as ambassadors.
Governor Wike said this when members of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, February 24, according to a statement signed and released by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.
Legit.ng gathers that Governor Wike wondered why the senators who allegedly agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the former service chiefs made a U-turn 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?”
Senate confirms ex-service chiefs as ambassadors
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, February 23, confirmed ex-chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, and former chief of defence, Gabriel Olonisakin as non-career ambassadors.
The lawmakers also approved the nomination of a former chief of air staff, Ibok Ibas and ex-chief of naval staff as envoys.
The Senate leadership ignored petitions against the nominees and the complaints by some senators.
Former service chiefs must face prosecution, PDP insists
Despite being confirmed by the Senate after their nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that former service chiefs should face prosecution at the International Criminal Court.
The PDP slammed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Senate for clearing them for ambassadorial portfolios.
The opposition party alleged that the former service chiefs were confirmed as ambassadors despite reports of crime against humanity committed under their command.
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