Major General Farouk Yahaya has been confirmed as the substantive Chief of Army Staff by the Nigerian Senate.
This comes almost a month after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed General Yahaya as the direct replacement of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna on May 21st.
In his presentation of the motion, the Chairman of the Joint Committee of Defence and Army, Senator Aliyu Wamako who represents Sokoto North, noted that Major General Yahaya has no charges against him whatsoever and comes highly capable.
Wamakko said that during the screening, “the nominee’s knowledge of the strategic capabilities of the Army was exhaustive and impressive. He showed a clear knowledge of the Army with apt for a Chief of Army Staff. Despite the Army being the largest of the Armed Forces, the nominee was clear in his vision to encourage joint operational synergy with other services for success in all theatre of operations.”
The Chairman of the Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume said, “I want to appeal to the Senate, to expeditiously approve this confirmation so that the Chief of Army Staff be decorated accordingly to enable him start some of the jobs he cannot do now because he is still in acting capacity.”
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said, “Let me also remark here that what our country faces may be military, but the military alone cannot resolve the security challenges. The military needs the support of each and every single citizen of this country.”