President Muhammadu Buhari has named Tukur Buratai, a major general, as the chief of army staff. Buratai takes over from Kenneth Minimah, a lieutenant general, who was removed on Monday along with other service chiefs.
Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, a major general, will succeed Alex Badeh, an air chief marshall, as chief of defence staff. Ibok-Ete EkweIbas, a rear admiral, is the new chief of naval staff, while Sadique Abubakar, an air vice marshall, will be the new chief of air staff.
All these positions are in acting capacity until senate confirmation, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman said in a statement.
In a surprise move, the president named Babagana Monguno, a retired major general, as the national security adviser, contrary to several media reports that Abdulrahman Dambazau, a retired lieutenant general and former army chief, had been slated for the position. The president also named Monday Riku Morgan, an air vice marshall, as chief of defence intelligence – another surprise announcement since such an appointment is usually announced by the military authorities rather than by the president.
Buhari has urged the newly-appointed service chiefs to rebuild the reputation of the armed forces and prove that they were appointed on merit as he had no previous relationship with any of them Buhari also asked them to show utmost commitment to their duties, saying their appointment was based on merit. “All of you, including the national security adviser, were chosen on merit,” he said. “Your records gave you the job. Save for the new chief of army staff whom I briefly met at his command at the multi-national joint task force, in Chad, I don’t know any of you. “Your records recommended you. “Legally, you are in acting capacity until the national assembly accepts you. “It is only then that you will take the oath of office. Thereafter, we will sit down and talk in more detail.” He assured them that their nominations would be sent soon to the national assembly for confirmation.
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