The Senate on Wednesday, through a unanimous voice vote, approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, for the appointment of 15 Special Advisers, who will assist him to carry out his functions as President.
The Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, requested that the Senate should debate the request at a Committee of the Whole but Senate President, David Mark, said the debate was not necessary.
Mark therefore called for a voice vote to either approve or reject the request and the members overwhelmingly supported the approval with a resounding ‘ayes’.
Buhari had, through a letter, addressed to Mark on Tuesday, said his request was in accordance with the Section 151 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (as amended ).
The president did not attach the list of the 15 Special Advisers but craved the indulgence of the federal parliamentarians, to urgently consider his request.
Buhari’s first letter to the Senate, read by Mark, noted that his action, was pursuant to the provision of the constitution, which confers on him the power to appoint special advisers to assist him in the performance of his functions.
Buhari said, “I write to request for your kind consideration and approval of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic to appoint 15 special advisers as prescribed in Section 151(2-3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“While trusting that this exercise will receive the traditional prompt attention of the Senate, please accept, Mr. President, the assurance of my highest consideration.”