HURIWA, Others React to Ambassadorial Appointments and Extention of Tenure of Security Chiefs
A Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA), It’s continental body- ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN WRITERS ON HUMAN AND PEOPLE’S RIGHTS (AFRIRIGHTS) and 36 other registered affiliates have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing immediate past Service Chief as Ambassador Designate
The Rights groups said the Ambassadors nominees who had served the Country with pride for over 40 years of their productive lives, gave their all to advance public good just as the Rights Advocacy groups dismissed criticisms of the appointments saying those who criticise these appointments are free to say what they want in the spirit of constitutional democracy and fundamental freedoms as guaranteed to the citizens.
HURIWA recalled that the President Muhammadu Buhari in the exercise his Presidential discretions, has just forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate.
HURIWA recalled that the nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd ), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd) just as thee President urged the Senate to give expeditious consideration to the nominations.
The Rights groups also expressed reservation over tenure elongation of Police Chief, IGP Mohammed Adamu.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately appoint a fresh and substantive Inspector General of Police to step into the office that by law has been vacated after statutory and non reversible retirement by the immediate past IGP Mohammed Adamu.”
HURIWA said just like many legal scholars had validly argued, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari can not violate the clear provisions of the Constitution and the amended Police Act 2020 just as the Rights Advocacy groups said under section 215 (1)(a) of 1999 Constitution, the extension of the tenure of the clearly retired IGP, Mohammed Adamu is null, void and of no moment because that section pronounces thus: “There shall be an Inspector-General of Police who, subject to section 216(2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among serving members of the Nigeria Police Force.