Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs As Dasuki, Others Are Pushed Aside-Nigeria’s President.Muhammadu Buhari on Monday announced the appointment of new Service Chiefs, making the second high profile and commendable official decision since he was sworn-in as the president on May29 this year. Last weekend, President Buhari recalled most foreign envoys as he is set to appoint new Ambassadors to serve during his first tenure in office.
National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki – Alex Badeh, chief of defence staff, Usman Jibrin, chief of naval staff, Kenneth Minimah, chief of army staff and Adesola Amosu, chief of air staff-all fell under the sack axe as new ones were appointed. Their termination takes immediate effect as the new government takes a major step to reorganise the nation’s security and overhaul the military hierarchy to reflect his dream team for Nigeria.
The newly appointed service Chiefs are Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin who is the newly appointed Chief of Defense Staff, Major-General T.Y. Buratai, new Chief of Army Staff, and Major-General Babagana Monguno, the new National Security Adviser.
The new appointment came just as he relived the former chiefs who had served under former president Goodluck Jonathan and observers claimed that the president had taken the decision in view of the recent claim of Nigeria military abuse of arrested Boko Haram members.
According to security expert and political commentator, Temitope Olodo, there are indications that Amnesty International recent report could have prompted the unexpected change of guard as the new government attempts to dissociate from an alleged mutilation of Boko Haram members.
-Sambo Dasuki, national security adviser;
– Alex Badeh, chief of defence staff;
– Usman Jibrin, chief of naval staff,
– Kenneth Minimah, chief of army staff and
– Adesola Amosu, chief of air staff.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following appointments:
1. Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin – Chief of Defence Staff;
2. Major-General T.Y. Buratai – Chief of Army Staff
3. Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff
4. Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff
5. Air Vice Marshal Morgan Monday Riku – Chief of Defence Intelligence
6. Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser.
- The new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonisakin (N/6901) hails from Ekiti State. Until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff today, he was the Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.
- The new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Buratai hails from Borno State. Until his new appointment today, he was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena. Maj-Gen. Buratai has previously served as Commander of the Nigerian Army’s 2nd Brigade in Port Harcourt and Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.
- The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibas (N0746) hails from Cross River State. He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular Course in 1979 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983. His previous appointments include: Naval Provost Marshall, Chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command, Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters. Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holdings Limited.
- The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Abubakar (NAF 1433) hails from Bauchi State. His previous appointments include: Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; Chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command. Until his new appointment on Monday, as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.
The new appointment however is subject to Nigerian Senate confirmation and they are set to hold their official dispensation in the mean time in acting capacity. President Buhari expressed his appreciation, thanking the out-going service chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation, wishing them well in all their future engagements.