- The chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, decorates 29 newly promoted major generals and some brigadier generals
- Buratai says some of the newly promoted officers would have no option than to move straight to the northeast
- The chief of army staff appeals to the wives of the officers due to be deployed to the theatre of operation to keep the home front well while their husbands would be there
The chief of army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai on Thursday, December 6, said that some of the newly promoted senior officers will be moved to the northeast to strengthen the ongoing counter terrorism operations.
Buratai made the statement in Abuja after he decorated the 29 newly promoted major generals and some of the brigadier generals with their new ranks, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“Some of you that have been promoted and, decorated today; we are only waiting for today and by tomorrow I expect you to pick your bags and start heading towards the northeast.
“Some of you have no option than to move in straight there - northeast.
“The posting is already out,’’ he said, and directed the military secretary to read it to the affected officers.
Buratai, therefore, appealed to the wives of the officers due to deployed to the theatre of operation to keep the home front well while their husbands would be there.
He described the promotion as well deserved; adding that that it was a journey they begun several years and had culminated current enviable ranks of major generals and brigadier generals.
“The promotion is strictly on merit, there was no any influence from outside.
“We must ensure that we get the right people at the right time.
“You must be committed; your loyalty should remain unshakable,’’ he added and charged the officers to be responsive and professional in the discharge of their duties.
Legit.ng had reported that the army council on Monday December 3, approved the promotion of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army to the ranks of major generals, brigadier generals, colonels and a lieutenant colonel, respectively.
Twenty nine brigadier generals were promoted to the rank of major generals, 95 colonels to brigadier generals, 106 lieutenant colonels to colonels and one major to lieutenant colonel, respectively.
The army, in a statement signed by its director general, said that the promotion exercise is expected to re-energise the beneficiaries towards the discharge of their tasks and responsibilities.
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