Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on the Senate to endorse the nomination of Ex-Service Chiefs as non-career Ambassadors.
In a letter to the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawas, made available to the Nigerian Pilot, the group said the endorsement of the nomination of the ex-Service Chiefs will give Nigeria global mileage.
In the letter signed by the HURIWA National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, the Rights group said the criticisms from some few vocal persons were misplaced and substantially grounded on hearsay, speculation and rumours lacking empirical evidence.
Rights group said the National Assembly must not enlist in the assembly of the radical mobs who are opposing these well thought out appointments by the President but should demonstrate patriotism by confirming the nominations of ex-service chiefs as Nigeria’s representatives in foreign jurisdictions.
According to the group, since there is no extant law stopping the immediate past security chiefs from being posted out as envoys soon after their disengagement, there is absolutely no justification for the criticisms of their selection by President Buhari.
The Rights group said if the nominations are not confirmed, it would dampen the morale of servicemen who would now believe that there is no need for them to be absolutely loyal to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Part of the letter read: “On behalf of our teeming members numbering over eight thousand fees’ paying and dedicated registered members in Nigeria, and thousands of online members and affiliates of all Nations on earth, we write the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Federal House of Representatives this short letter of our endorsement of the immediate past service Chiefs as Nigerian Ambassadors as made in the discretionary powers of the head of the Executive Arm of the government of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As adumbrated by some scholars of international diplomacy, it is a truism that the 21st century has paved the way for greater connection, communication, and trade on a global scale. With a greater connection worldwide, the need for effective, progressive diplomatic relations between countries is of the utmost importance. Specifically, effective ambassadors are needed to promote international relations, trade, and foreign policy. It is therefore in the light of the above facts universally acknowledged that the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated immediate past service chiefs of the country as ambassadors.
“Specifically, in a media release a few days back, we learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari had forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate,” presidential aide Bashir Ahmad disclosed in a tweet.
“The ambassador-designates are retired Defense Chief Abayomi Olonisakin, former Army Chief Tukur Buratai, former Navy Chief Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and former Air Chief Sadique Abubakar. Their nomination is subject to confirmation by the National Assembly.
“As a sign of growing acceptance of the exercise of the democratic Freedoms, some critics with connection and access to the popular media had rated the former service chiefs low in the state of security in Nigeria, but the man with the authority to appoint service Chiefs President Muhammadu Buhari said they had an “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country.”
“We in the organised civil society community in Nigeria and particularly in the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria and over 36 affiliates registered credible groups, we believe that the service chiefs dedicated over 4 decades of their highly productive and professional lives in the services of humanity and Nigeria our fatherland.
“Our letter is to urge you to expeditiously approve and confirm these noble nominations so as to pass the message that 100 per cent loyalty to Nigeria pays because these generals are some of the finest professionals in Africa.
“As is universally acknowledged and published in learned journals of diplomacy and international relations, Ambassadors act as the diplomatic representatives of their country abroad.”
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