Michael Olugbode in Abuja
Former Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe (rtd) and former Air Chirf, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (rtd), have received their ambassadorial postings to Ghana and Chad respectively.
They were both presented their letters of credence by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama on Thursday.
Ekwe received his letter as High Commissioner-Designate of Nigeria to Ghana, and Abubakar as the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to Chad.
Their letters and deployment are coming barely a month after ex-Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd), and former Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), received theirs.
Olonisakin was posted to neighbouring Cameroon, with Buratai deployed to Benin, another neighbouring country.
The appointment of the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 4, 2021 was greeted by wide criticisms.
When the President did not budge, many have had to approach the the Senate to reject their nominations, but despite the outrage, the Upper legislative chamber gave them its nod on February 23, 2021.