The president’s request for confirmation was in a letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday.
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Buhari premised his request on section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act.
“Pursuant to section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces act CAP A 20 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the senate the appointment of Farouk Yahaya as the chief of army staff of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the commander-in-chief said.
Yahaya was appointed as a replacement for Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, who died alongside other military officers in a plane crash in Kaduna.