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Rep backs Senate’s call for deployment ex-Service Chiefs to Lake Chad region as ambassadors


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Chairman House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Buba, has lent his voice to the suggestion that former Service Chiefs, now ambassadors-designate, be deployed to the Lake Chad region.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, made the suggestion on Tuesday after the Senate approved their nomination as ambassadors by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Mr Buba told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja that experiences gathered by the new ambassadors would be useful if they were deployed to the insurgency-troubled Lake Chad region.

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He said insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast could be traced to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger and could be effectively tackled with good intelligence gathering from there.

“It was a very perfect nomination by President Buhari and I am sure that is the reason why he nominated them to be ambassadors.

“I think that should be a very important reason because insurgents always cross over to our neighbouring countries.

“If we have our former Service Chiefs as ambassadors in those countries. I think it will be great because of their experience in fighting insurgency over the years.

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“They will contribute seriously with a lot of information and expertise in the countries where they will serve so that this insurgency, covering the Sahel region can be ended,’’ Mr Buba said.

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The ambassadors-designate are former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The two others are the former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe- Ibas and the former Chief of Air Staff, AVM Sadique Abubakar.

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