By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Platform- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has expressed joy with the expeditious confirmations of erstwhile military chiefs as Ambassadors even as the Rights group has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to also constitute a war council to be drawn from the former service chiefs and a few good defence/security consultants including three Women.
HURIWA recalled that the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria confirmed former chief of Army staff, lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, erstwhile Chiefs of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, Airs staff Abubakar Sadique and Navy, Ibok Ibas as non- career Ambassadors.
The President Muhammadu Buhari had on February 5th 2021 sent their names to the parliament to be confirmed as Envoys.
Speaking against the backdrop of the confirmation, the Rights group through the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of media Miss Zainab Yusuf applauded the quick thinking of the Senators and Federal House of Representatives in approving the nominations of the recently retired Military Service Chiefs as Ambassadors.
“We are deeply convinced that the confirmations of these great and astute professionals as Nigeria’s representatives in other jurisdictions, is one of the best decisions of the Ninth National Assembly for which posterity will be grateful to them. We have the profound belief that given their extensive trainings and their excellent love of Nigeria, their tenures as Ambassadors will be productive, fruitful and excellent”.
“In the light of the above, may we appeal to President Buhari to further tap from the rich Military experiences of these Generals by constituting a 7-man war council to be made up of these men and three other women who are competent, professionally meritorious, tested and trusted scholars in the field of defence/war and security matters. Their sole mandate would be to offer quality workable ideas on how best to successfully wage a law based war on terror successfully within an attainable but definitely brief timeline.
“This war on terror needs innovative ideas to win and we are of the opinion that wherever these Ambassadors may be posted, Mr. President can still consult them often on security matters so Nigeria can win the war on terror and establish greater peace, economic prosperity and sustainable development”.
The Rights group has also expressed happiness that the confirmation of these immediate past service chiefs will motivate the serving soldiers to realize that their loyalties to Nigeria and their live of Country will remain indelible just as the Rights group said the unprecedented milestone of making retired Service Chiefs who performed well as AMBASSADORS is constructive and positive and is the kind of records that grear nation’s around the World will learn rich lessons from us. HURIWA URGES the new Ambassadors to continue to demonstrate their unique love of Country and humanity in their future endeavours.