Senate confirms Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff (COAS)

Major General Farouk Yahaya

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Maj.Gen Faruk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

The confirmation followed the adoption of the report of the Senate joint Committee on Defence and Army at plenary.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto) said the committee found the nominee suitable to occupy the position.

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Wamakko said the decision was reached given Yahaya’s wide display of in-depth knowledge and experience on strategic tactics of military operations.

He said the committee screened the nominee on issues relating to funding of military operations, general war on terror, insurgency and banditry, strategic military operations, such as hardware and intelligence sharing.

According to him, the committee was satisfied with the robust nature of the engagement and interactions from the nominee.

He said the committee also found out that his nomination was in line with the constitution.

Wamakko said the committee did not receive any petition against the nominee.

He said the nominee had been cleared by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and presented his code of conduct acknowledgement slip.

The nominee, Wamakko said, possessed the required academic qualifications to occupy the position of Chief of Army Staff.

He, therefore, urged the Senate to confirm his appointment.

Contributing, Sen.Alli Ndume,(APC -Borno) a member of the Committee and Chairman, Committee on Army, urged the Senate to confirm the nominee to enable him to execute some responsibilities which he could not discharge in an acting capacity.

Sen. Gabriel Suswam (PDP-Benue) said the nominee, if confirmed would be able to tackle issues of terrorism and insurgency, given his last posting.

He said that the nominee was knowledgeable on how to tackle issues of insurgency.

The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, said the presence of all the committee members at the screening of the nominee showed how committed, serious and patriotic the senate is on the security of the nation.

He, however, pointed out that the military alone could not resolve the security challenges, saying that it required the effort and support of all Nigerians.

Yahaya was appointed on May 27 by President Muhammadu Buhari after the death of former COAS, Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash in Kaduna State.