President Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs, Security Adviser

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Hours after dropping the nation’s service chiefs, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of their replacements as well as that of a new National Security Adviser, NSA.

The Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, announced Maj.-Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin as the new Chief of Defence Staff and Maj.-Gen. T.Y. Buratai as Chief of Army Staff.

The others are Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff and Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan, Chief of Defence Intelligence.

Adesina also announced the appointment of Babagana Monguno, a retired Major General as the new NSA, to replace Sambo Dasuki.

The new Chief of Defence Staff hails from Ekiti State and was until his appointment the head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Niger State.

The new Chief of Army Staff is from Borno State and was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force headquartered in Ndjamena, the Chadian capital, before his appointment.

The new Naval chief hails from Cross River State and was until his appointment on Monday was the chief executive officer of Navy Holdings Limited. He was commissioned in the Navy 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.

The new Chief of Air Staff is from Bauchi State and was until today the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.



    The new Chief of Defence Intelligence, an indigene of Benue State was Air Officer Commanding, NAF Logistics before his appointment.

    The new National Security Adviser retired from the Nigerian Army as a Major General and had held several command and staff appointments including Commander, Guards Brigade, Deputy Commandant, National Defence College, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Chief of Defence Logistics and Commander, Training and Doctrine Command.

    The President’s spokesman said that the new appointments were in acting capacity until confirmation by the Senate.

    Adesina had earlier Monday morning announced the sacking of the service chiefs inherited by the new administration.



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