President Mohammadu Buhari has appointed new Service Chiefs to replace the ones he dismissed earlier on Monday.
The new military bosses are:
Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin – Chief of Defence Staff;
Major-General T.Y. Buratai – Chief of Army Staff
Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff
Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff
Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan – Chief of Defence Intelligence
Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser
According to a Daily Post report, the new Chief of Defence Staff, who hails from Ekiti State, was until his new appointment, the Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.
The new Chief of Army Staff, Buratai who hails from Borno State, was until his new appointment, the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena.
He 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, Ibas is from Cross River State and 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 Marshal, 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, Abubakar hails from Bauchi State and 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 today as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.
According to Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this, the new service chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.
He quoted the President as thanking the outgoing Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavours.